Nepal, early Malla – two wooden taras

14th-15th century, Nepal, Tara, polychrome wood, photo by Christie's.

14th-15th century, Nepal, Tara, polychrome wood, photo by Christie’s.

Tara is seated with one leg folded and the other pendant, on a double-lotus base with wide petals, wearing a tight v-neck bodice with decorated sleeves. The only jewellery she wears is a pair of circular earrings. Her white skin is decorated with a floral motif.

15th century, Nepal, Tara, polychrome wood, at the Fondation Alain Bordier (Switzerland).

15th century, Nepal, Tara, polychrome wood, at the Fondation Alain Bordier (Switzerland).

On this similar version, she has no jewellery at all and she wears a long lower garment.

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