Tibet, Green Tara (7)

13th century, Tibet or Northeast India, Tara, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Christie’s.

Green Tara’right arm leans on her knee, her hand held up to dispel fear. She has the stem of a lotus in her left hand and wears Indian-style jewellery and accessories.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Tara, copper alloy with silver and stone inlay, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

This one wears highly original stone-inlaid jewellery including heavy necklaces with big pendants, the overall effect quite reminiscent of contemporary West Tibetan works.

Her eyes are inlaid with silver and her face shows traces of cold gold. She holds the stem of a blue lotus in her left hand.

She has the head of Amitabha on top of her chignon.

13th-14th century, same, parcel-gilt copper alloy, possibly a copy of an East Indian prototype, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

This combination of plain copper alloy for the striped lower garment and the lotus base and gilding for the body and face is unusual. Parcel-gilding normally consists in apply gold to the clothes and accessories, leaving the skin bare. She sits with her left foot resting on her right thigh, both toes sticking up.

17th century, Tara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, published on http://www.primaportaantiquities.com.

The low tiara on this figure reveals a tall chignon topped with a finial. Her long limbs and elongated torso typical of the period contrast with the low lotus base. Her left hand displays the teaching gesture while holding the stem of a lotus, the other does the gesture of supreme generosity.

17th century, Tibet, Tara, bronze (copper alloy), same as before.

A similar style with no gilding, her calf-length lower garment incised with a floral pattern all over, the rectangular plinth also decorated with a chased pattern.

17th-18th century, Tibet, Tara, bronze (brass) with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

On the contrary, this little Nepalese-style sculpture depicts her with short limbs and no visible chignon. Her accessories, including two rather geometrical lotuses are inlaid with large turquoise cabochons.

18th century, Central Tibet, Tara, Green or Yellow, gilt copper repoussé with turquoise and coral inlay, at the Freer and Sackler Galleries in Washington DC (USA).

A Mongolian or Chinese influence is more than evident on this very ornate item. She wears a tall five-leaf crown with a larger tripartite central panel, richly inlaid with turquoise and coral, turquoise-inlaid jewellery including a necklace which looks more like a breast plate, large ear ornaments with a cut-out scrolled vegetation design, a shawl knotted across her chest. She holds the stems of lotuses with delicately cut-out leaves and florets.

 

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