Mongolia, two female deities

17th century, Mongolia, Green Tara, gilt copper alloy,

17th century, Mongolia, Green Tara, gilt copper alloy, private collection.

Tara is depicted with a Chinese-style crown and beaded belt, her right foot resting on a lotus flower, a long-stemmed lotus to her left. Her squarish face, broad shoulders and tall lotus base with wide petals are typical of Mongolian works produced from the 17th century onwards.

17th century, Mongolia, Ushnishavijaya, gilt copper alloy and stone inlay, private collection.

17th century, Mongolia, Ushnishavijaya, gilt copper alloy, pigment and stone inlay, private collection.

Here Ushnishavijaya is represented with three heads (each with three eyes) and eight arms, her attributes missing from her hands. She has Chinese-style facial features, draping and lotus base. Her hair is painted with lapis lazuli pigment, her lips with red pigment, and her jewellery is inlaid with turquoise and coral (or a red stone or glass imitating coral), in the Tibetan fashion.

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