Nepal, 15th c wooden Tara

15th century, Nepal, Kathmandu Valley, Early Malla period, Tara, wood, at the Art Institute of Chicago.

15th century, Nepal, Kathmandu Valley, Patan, Early Malla period, Tara, painted wood, at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Newar artists from the Kathmandu Valley produced a fairly large amount of wooden sculptures throughout the centuries, some of which have been well preserved despite the passing of time. This statue represents Tara in her buddha form, without a crown or jewellery. She is wearing a long polychrome dhoti and skirt with a broad sash across the hips and stands on a small polychrome double-lotus base.

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