Pala India, various female deities

10th century, Northeast India, Bihar, Vasudhara, gilt copper alloy, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

The goddess of wealth is depicted here in her one-head and six-hand form, her upper right hand doing the gesture to accompany music, the one on the other side holding a manuscript. Her middle hands hold raining jewels and a sheaf of rice grain. There is a long-life vase in her lower left hand, the other does the gesture of knowledge. The artist has used silver-inlay for her urna and her longer necklace.

11th century, Northeast India, Vajratara, copper alloy, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

This form of Tara has four heads and eight hands holding various attributes including a vajra, a bow, an arrow, a lotus, a conch shell, a noose.

Her hair is pulled into a single chignon topped with a vajra finial.

11th-12th century, Northeast India, Bengal, Tara, bronze, private collection, published on

This multi-armed (4 or 6?) form appears to hold a a club and a lotus in her upper hands, and a fruit or a gem in the lower right hand.

12th-13th century, Northeast India, Tara, copper alloy, at the Ashmolean Museum in Oxford (UK).

White Tara, her legs locked in the vajra position, has three eyes on her face and eyes in the palm of her hands and the sole of her feet. She displays the gesture of supreme generosity with her right hand while bestowing refuge with the other. The stem of a (broken) lotus goes round her left arm and there was another lotus springing from the base to her right side.




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