Nepal, 13th c. Tara

13th century, Nepal, buddha Tara, gilt copper alloy, private collection

13th century, Nepal, Early Malla Period, buddha Tara, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

Tara is holding a long-stemmed lotus in her left hand and showing the palm of her right hand. She wears a long patterned garment, her belt and jewellery are inlaid with clear stones or maybe glass, in the Nepalese fashion. There is a small flaming halo attached  to the back of her shoulders, framing her head only.

Not all early Malla period buddhist statues were made in the same style. This is one of what could be described as a slightly ‘child-like’ range, with a short trunk, sturdy legs and feet, a certain rigidity in the body that contrasts with a very open, smiling face.

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