Tara Amulet
Tara Amulet

Tara Amulet

Mongolian (Mongolian)
19th century
Silver; silver and glass case
Work : 1 7/8 x 1 3/16 x 1 in. (4.76 x 3.02 x 2.54 cm)
Case : 2 3/8 x 1 3/8 x 1 1/16 in. (6.03 x 3.49 x 2.7 cm)
Credit Line
Hope College Collection, Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
Object Number

Mongolians traditionally wore small amulets like this for good luck and protection from harm. The silver sculpture contained within this amulet may represent a manifestation of Tara known as the Dispeller of Misfortune Tara (Āpadānāśani Tārā), or it may  represent a manifestation of Tara from a set of twenty-one Taras described by the sage Atisha in the 11th century CE. Her seated pose resembles that of Green Tara, but she holds a treasure vase in her right hand.