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Green Tara
BA 92
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This figure was produced during the 15th century at the Chinese Imperial court. It was destined for the Imperial temple or as a gift for the Tibetan abbots whom the emperor revered. Such figures, which were created in China under Tibetan influence, are a focus of the Berti Aschmann Collection.

History of the Object
The female Bodhisattva Tara is filled with compassion for all creatures and promises to help them and protect them from all dangers. As a Bodhisattva, literally, 'enlightenment being', she has postponed her own Buddhahood until all creatures have found the path to enlightenment. According to what has been passed down, Avalokiteshvara, the Bodhisattva of compassion, was so distressed when he saw the countless suffering beings in the world that he began to weep. Out of this sea of tears arose Tara to assist him in his task.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Bronze, fire guilded 
Measurements
Width 12.5 cm. Height 19.5 cm. Length 12.5 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
China 
Geography
China 
Time period
AD 15th century ~ AD 15th century 
Creation date
15th Century; 1404 -1424 Ming Dynasty Yongle Reign 
Function
Sculpture 
Acquisition
Permanent loan; not able to provide information on provenance. 
Copyright
Museum Rietberg Zürich, Berti Aschmann Collection 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Berti Aschmann Collection 
Museum
Museum Rietberg 
Credit line
Berti Aschmann Foundation 

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