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Relief of Taradevi and attendants
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Why this is a
Masterpiece

This is one of the best stone sculptures of the Pyu period.

History of the Object
The female deity, Taradevi, sits on her folded legs with her face and breast frontally exposed. The rest of the body, in profile, is pointing to the right side of the thick slab. Her left hand holds a kind of spear and on either side she is flanked by an attendant. Four kneeling figures in the attitude of adoration are portrayed in the lower panel and at the bottom are six grinning female demons. Tara is a (Hindu) goddess meaning "star" and is the second of the "Great Wisdom [goddesses]". Tara is perceived as representing absolute, unquenchable hunger that propels all life.

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Type
Sculpture 
Materials
Sandstone 
Measurements
Width 91.8 cm. Height 182.7 cm.  
Creator name
Unknown 
Creator date
Unknown 
Where it was made
Srikshestra, Pyay Township, Bago Region 
Geography
Myanmar 
Time period
AD 4th century ~ AD 9th century 
Creation date
4th Century - 9th Century 
Function
Religious; a symbol of Mahayana Buddhism 
Acquisition
Collected from Shwe-Ta-Ga Gate, Srikshetra in 1960-1961. 
Copyright
Srikshetra Archaeological Museum 
Acknowledgements
 
Owner
Srikshetra Archaeological Museum 
Museum
Srikshetra Archaeological Museum 
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