Shrine Relief Fragment Depicting Ashtamahabhaya Tara, the Buddhist Savioress, 10th–11th century. India. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Gift of The Kronos Collections, 1994 (1994.488) This Tara’s title, Ashtamahabhaya, refers to the eight great perils from which she offers sanctuary: lions, snakes, thieves, enslavement, yakshas, shipwreck, fire, and rampaging elephants (the last two are shown at the lower right).
This Green Tara was painted in one of the Kumbum cambers and likely dates not long after the site was founded in 1427. The style of this image suggests that Newari artists from Nepal had a hand in imagery of this important religious structure.