A thangka of Red Tara
Tibet, 18th century
Distemper on cloth; Tara with the right hand in the gesture of generosity holding a gilded red vase of power extended across the knee, the left holding the stem of a red and blue utpala flower blossoming at her left ear, adorned with flowing green silks, jeweled ornaments, and gold tiara with blossoms, seated with the right leg slightly extended in a relaxed manner and the left drawn up on the lotus platform, directly above the goddess is a Panchen Lama and Amitayus, Vaishravana and Palden Lamo in the lower corners, and the twenty corresponding forms of Tara surround the principle figure in identical poses and prescribed colors identified by inscriptions.
Image: 26 1/2 x 18 1/2 in. (67.3 x 47 cm); With silks: 49 x 32 1/2 in. (124.5 x 82.6 cm)