Nepal, Khasa Malla (10)

Circa 1400, Western Nepal, Green Tara,

Circa 1400, Western Nepal, Green Tara, gilt copper alloy and turquoise, at the Walters Art Museum (USA).

Seated with a leg pendant, one foot on a lotus attached to the base, this Green Tara with perfect body proportions sits on a tall Pala-style double-lotus pedestal with stunning plump petals often seen on Khasa Malla works. Equally noticeable is the way her dhoti  incised with a floral motif is arranged into a fan shape under her. She wears a low crown with small bows and upward-flowing ribbons, some very large earrings and simple jewellery. There are lotuses fastened to her elbows. Her left hand does the varada mudra (gesture of generosity) and her right hand the vitarka mudra (debate or teaching).

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