Mongolia, Green Tara – two styles

18th century, Mongolia, Green Tara, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie's.

18th century, Mongolia, Green Tara, gilt copper alloy, photo by Christie’s.

18th c., Mongolia, Green Tara, gilt c.a., 24,7 cm, Zanabazar style, lotus blossom

Seated with a leg pendant, Green Tara holds an upright vajra in one hand a large lotus blossom in the other. Her long dhoti is held in place with a jewelled belt.

18th c., Mongolia, Green Tara, gilt c.a., 12,7 cm, 3 eyes, face

She is adorned with a small crown, large earrings and coarse beaded jewellery. There is a piece of cloths folded into thick pleats over her left breast.

Late 17th century, Mongolia, Green Tara, gilt copper alloy, photo by Sotheby's.

Late 17th century, Mongolia, Green Tara, gilt copper alloy and pigments, thought to be from Zanabazar workshop, photo by Sotheby’s.

This is (an earlier and) far more elaborate sculpture which depicts her on a Pala-style double-lotus base with a large row of beading at the bottom and a richly incised tier at the top, holding two Pala-style lotuses and doing the varada mudra (charity) with her right hand and the kartari mudra (discord) with the other. Her face and the upper part of her body have been painted with white pigment, something rarely seen on metal sculptures.

incisions

Her long dhoti is richly incised with a lotus motif and held in place with a beaded belt. Her celestial scarf, folded into thick pleats, rests across her legs and over the sides of the Mongolian-style pedestal.

effigy

There is an effigy of Amitabha in her headdress and a raised oblong urna on her forehead.

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