Nepal, Thakuri period, Tara (2)

11th-12th century, Nepal, Tara, gilt copper alloy and gems, private collection, photo by Christie's.

11th-12th century, Nepal, Tara, gilt copper alloy and gems, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

White Tara has an eye incised in the palm of her right hand, held out in the varada mudra. She holds a large lotus flower with a golden bud in the other. Her jewellery, belt, and crown (a single panel with a Kirtimukha design) are inlaid with gemstones.

12th century, Nepal, Tara, gilt copper alloy, same as before.

12th century, Nepal, Tara, gilt copper alloy, same as before.

On this fairly similar image, her long lower garment is decorated with various incised patterns and held in place with a belt. She has a large punched navel. The end of a celestial scarf or sash is resting on the inside of her left elbow.

12th century, Nepal, Tara, copper with traces of gilding, same as before.

12th century, Nepal, Tara, copper with traces of gilding, same as before.

This White Tara does the vitarka mudra with her right hand. A (broken) lotus rises from the pedestal and passes through her left hand. Her crown consists of a large central panel and two small side ones.

12th-13th century, Nepal, Tara, gilt copper alloy, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

12th-13th century, Nepal, Tara, gilt copper alloy, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art (USA).

Some early Malla sculptures of Tara are very similar in body proportions and shape, the crown and side bows without flowing ribbons are proper to the Thakuri period.

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