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.
IRAN | Mihrab (Prayer Niche), A.H. 755/A.D. 1354–55. Iran. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1939 (39.20) #WorldCup