Tibet, Green Tara

Green Tara is always seated, with one leg folded and the other pendant, her foot resting on a lotus bud that springs from the pedestal. She holds the stem of a lotus in her left hand.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Tara, bronze, photo by Koller Auctions.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Tara, bronze, photo by Koller Auctions.

The sobriety of this fairly early sculpture, made of ungilt copper alloy or bronze (this term is widely misused among auctioneers) contrasts with the very elaborate one below, made at a much later date.

17th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper alloy with inlaid turquoise and coral, at the Royal Ontario Museum.

17th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper alloy with inlaid turquoise and coral, at the Royal Ontario Museum.

The way the ends of her celestial scarf rest rigidly over the lotus base, along with the very large lotus flowers and the intricate design of their foliage, the draping of the dhoti and the design of the jewellery and crown situate this piece around the 17th century.

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