Kashmir, 8th c. Green Tara

8th century, Kashmir, Tara, brass, at the Ontario Museum of Art.

8th century, Kashmir, Tara, brass, at the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada).

Tara is seated with one foot resting on a large lotus flower, on a double-lotus base and plain plinth. She has a broad forehead and soft facial features, perfect body proportions and a diamond-shaped navel typical of Kashmiri sculptures. She holds the stem of Indian Pala-style lotus flowers and buds in each hand. There is an effigy of Akshobhya in her headdress.  She is adorned with a necklace, a sacred cord, a flat, pleated celestial scarf. Her calf-length dhoti is held in place with a beaded belt whose (lotus) clasp matches the pendant on her necklace.

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