Mandala of Wakamiya of Kasuga Shrine (Kasuga wakamiya mandara), early 14th century. Nanbokuchō period (1336–92). Japan. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Purchase, Lila Acheson Wallace Gift, 1997, and Gift of the Mary and Jackson Burke Foundation, 2015 (1997.113) | This work is exhibited in the “Celebrating the Arts of Japan: The Mary Griggs Burke Collection” exhibition, on view through January 22, 2017 #AsianArt100
This palm leaf manuscript illustration was done in the 12th century at one of the great monastic centers in North India. This Green Tara, shown bestowing boons, is only 2 ¼ inches tall. It is amazing how the artist has managed to subtly depict this dynamic figure in great detail. Such imagery went on to have a great impact on the emerging painting traditions of Tibet.