Swat Valley, standing Tara

10th-11th century, Swat Valley, Tara, bronze, at the British Museum (London).

10th-11th century, Swat Valley, Tara, bronze, at the British Museum (London).

The deity is wearing a long pleated dhoti held with a belt, a tight fitting bodice which is shorter at the front than at the sides, thus revealing her navel, and a flowing scarf decorated with incised dots. Her necklace, armband(s) and sacred thread are also decorated with incisions. She holds a long-stemmed lotus in one hand, the other would have probably been  held down, palm outwards. She has a tall chignon sticking out of her low crown and some long plaits falling down her shoulders.

9th century, Swat Valley, Tara, bronze, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA)

9th century, Swat Valley/Pakistan, Tara, bronze, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

A  similar statue, with both arms preserved but the lotus broken, standing on a round pedestal on a single lotus base.

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