Tibet, 12th c.Tara with closed eyes

12th century, Tibet, bodhisattva Tara, copper, stones missing, private collection

12th century, Tibet, Green Tara, copper, stones missing, private collection.

This variety of Tara with one leg folded and the other in front of her corresponds to the Green Tara on paintings. She usually has a long-stemmed (lotus) flower on each side and her right foot resting on a lotus flower emerging from the lotus base. This one is wearing a long dhoti held in place with an incised belt. She’s got two armbands and necklaces but only one bracelet and no anklets. Her  serene Tibetan moon-like face is surrounded by two very large bows as big as her five crown leaves.  Her elongated ears and earrings merge into her shoulder line. She has no urna on her forehead. Although normally regarded as a bodhisattva, in Tibetan buddhism Tara is normally a buddha.

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