Tibet, standing Tara (2)

12th century, Tibet, Tara, brass with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

Standing on a tall lotus base with apple-like petals, Tara does the refuge-bestowing gesture with her left hand while holding the stem of a lotus, her right hand displaying supreme generosity. Her face is painted with cold gold, the hair is dyed with blue pigment. She wears a garland and a diaphanous sash across her chest and two see-through lower garments, held in place with a heavy belt decorated with pendants.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Tara, bronze with cold gold, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

This Pala-style sculpture depicts her on a single lotus over a stepped tortoise-base typical of Northeast India, wearing a long stripy garment  with a stippled floral motif. Her low tiara with large bows reveals an exaggeratedly tall chignon with showy ornaments.

There  is a round object in the palm of her right hand, possibly a large gem.

There are over twenty different forms of Tara and most of them are usually seated but they may be standing.

Undated (18th century circa?), Tibet, Tara, gilt metal, at the Nicholas Roerich Museum in New York (USA).




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