Nepal, early Malla – Green Tara

14th century, Nepal, Tara, gilt copper

14th century, Nepal, Tara, gilt copper with stone inlay, photo by Christie’s.

Green Tara sits with one leg pendant. On this example, some lotuses are missing from her elbows. Her dhoti is incised with lotus buds and a geometrical design on the hem. Her jewellery and oblong urna are inlaid with stones. She has a well-proportioned body and a square face, a sweet smile and semi-closed eyes.

14th-15th century, Nepal, Tara, gilt copper with stone inlay and pigment, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

14th-15th century, Nepal, Tara, gilt copper with stone inlay and pigment, is or was at the jokhang in Lhasa, published by Ulrich von Schroeder.

This statue recalls the aesthetics of Pala India (white urna, big round breasts, slender waist, incised dhoti imitating strips of cloth with floral pattern, armbands with a geometrical pattern of squares and circles inlaid with stones). The treatment of the face and hair with cold gold and pigments indicates that it was worshipped in Tibet but the delicate oval chin, the oblong urna and the low crown with a central panel that matches the armbands are typical of Nepalese works. We have seen a similarly elongated thoracic cage and under-developed hips on a 15th century  Nepalese bodhisattva published recently.

 

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