There are twenty-one forms of Tara, the central female deity and bodhisattva of Tibetan Buddhism. Although usually Tara is depicted in a seated form, this brass statue shows Tara standing.
Tara is very important in Tibet and Nepal. She is the bodhisattva to whom all can appeal for aid to help cross the 'ocean of existence'. In addition, she is considered to be incarnate in all good women.