Tibet, White Tara (2)

12th-13th century, Tibet, Tara, copper alloy, private collection, published by Rossi&Rossi.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Tara, copper alloy, private collection, published by Rossi&Rossi.

Probably made by a Nepalese artist in Tibet, this sculpture depicts White Tara, her right hand held in the varada mudra (supreme generosity), her left hand doing the vitarka mudra (debate, teaching), framed by two lotuses, coiffed with a Thakuri-style crown consisting of three tall foliate panels, matching armbands, a plain sash across her breast, a necklace with a pendant normally associated with Manjushri but seen on other sculptures made in Nepal or by Nepalese artists in Tibet around the 12th century. The double row of broad flat petals on the lotus base is typical of Nepalese works. The bows sticking out on the side of the crown are borrowed from Indian art and the square face is typically Tibetan. There are traces of cold gold on her soft facial features. White Tara has an eye incised on the palm of her hands and on the soled of her feet.

14th century circa, Tibet, Tara, brass inlaid with silver and copper, photo by Christie's.

14th century circa, Tibet, Tara, brass inlaid with silver and copper, photo by Christie’s.

This White Tara wears a low tiara, two necklaces, large armbands and a very ornate floral belt. She has a small oval face framed by two very large hoops. Her body has unrealistic proportions, with a thin waist and full breasts that recall Indian sculptures.

14th-15th century, Tibet, White Tara,  brass with cold gold on face, lapis lazuli in hair, red pigment on lips, inlaid turquoise, 14,5 cm, private collection

14th-15th century, Tibet, White Tara, brass with turquoise inlay and pigments, private collection.

Unlike the previous two, this sculpture has a shorter and stockier body. Her face has been painted with cold gold and pigments in the Tibetan fashion. She has a conical chignon.

 

 

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