Tibet, Green Tara (6)

13th-14th century, Western Tibet, Tara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

Green Tara, always seated, a leg unfolded, her foot on a lotus attached to the base, often displays the gesture of supreme generosity with her right hand while the left hand holds the stem of a lotus and does a gesture to ward off evil. In a style unique to Western Tibet, the above has soft moon-like Tibetan facial features enhanced by an exaggeratedly tall five-leaf crown with large bows, complemented by a big  moon and sun finial on her chignon and long braids of hair over her shoulders.

14th century, Tibet, Tara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

This masterpiece depicts her in the same way, an open lotus to her right, a blue lotus to her left, adorned with stone inlaid jewellery and a festooned belt with pendants, her eyes inlaid with silver, her garment and sash richly incised with scrolled vegetation and flowers.

Same as before, gilt copper alloy.

Quite a different style, with with a large open lotus flower to her left.

14th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper alloy, made by a Newari artist in Central Tibet, possibly for the Shalu monastery, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

The Nepalese Malla style is noticeable on this gilt work. Her crown, with kirtimukha on the front panel, his decorated with bows and ribbons and studded with a profusion of small stone cabochons, mainly turquoise. Her other accessories are inlaid with the same stone and lapis lazuli.

15th-15th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s

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