Pala India, Green Tara

12th century, Northeast India, Tara, brass with silver and copper inlay, at the Fondation Alain Bordier in Gruyère (Switzerland).

12th century, Northeast India, Tara, brass with silver and copper inlay, at the Fondation Alain Bordier in Gruyère (Switzerland).

Green Tara is seated on an embroidered cushion (similar to those used on earlier works from Gilgit) on a Pala-style double lotus base, her right foot resting on a lotus, her hands doing the dharmacakra mudra, wearing an incised ankle-length dhoti and heavy jewellery. There is a tall lotus flower to her right and a tall lotus blossom to her left, the stem of which passes over her inner arm. Her left leg is resting on her right thigh (rather than being drawn in as below).

12th century, Northeast India, Tara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie's.

12th century, Northeast India, Tara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This Green Tara holds her right hand in the gesture of supreme generosity and wears a three-leaf crown.

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