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Shyama (Green) Tara, late 9th century

India: Bihar, 801-900
37 x 18-3/4 x 8-1/2 in. (94 x 47.6 x 21.6 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation
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The Buddhist deity Tara is the goddess of compassion, who aids devotees in overcoming personal difficulties. The inscription inside her halo is the Buddhist creed, which reads "[Buddha] has revealed the cause of those phenomena which spring from a cause and also [the means of] their cessation. So says the Great Monk."

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