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Objects: Museum Visit

The item I chose from the exhibition was “Tara Protecting from the Eight Great Fears”

Tara is one of the most popular female deities in Tibetan culture. She is particularly associated with protection from a group of calamities known as the Eight Fears, depicted here as scenes surrounding her: ghosts/sickness, drowning, fire, false imprisonment, bandits, wild elephants, snakes, and lions. Although each of the scenes is misgivings and concerns of daily life they each symbolize inner obstacles in the spiritual process. The style of painting used is “Khamri” which includes deep blues and greens. The painting is made from pigments that were painted onto a cloth. Its origins are from the Kham province, in Tibet. Its dimensions are 25 by 17. It has been dated to the 19th century

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