Hymn to the 108 names of Arya-Tara
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ABM 015

 Code: ABM 015

  Country: Nepal

  Style: Three Malla Kingdoms

  Date: 1700 - 1800

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 26.5 x 14

  Materials: Black paper

Hymn to the 108 names of Arya-Tara with 28 painted miniatures depicting various forms of Tara.

The recitation of Tara’s names is an ancient practice intended for the ordinary lay worshipper. Especially among merchants, her cult was very popular in India from the 6th century onwards. A dharani is a mystical verse, a conglomeration of syllables used as prayer particularly in Buddhism. Nepalese manuscripts usually contain only very few painted miniatures. The numerous illustrations make this manuscript additionally interesting.