Tibet, Green Tara (23)

12th century, Tibet, Tara, bronze (brass), private collection, photo on Hardt

Green Tara, flanked by open lotuses, seated on a tall Pala-style lotus base, her right leg pendent, the foot placed on a large lotus stemming from below the lotus seat, her right hand in the gesture of generosity, the left hand bestowing refuge. Her long dhoti is decorated with a stippled lotus motif and there is a flaming jewel on her chignon.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Tara, bronze with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Woolley & Wallis, 22nd May 2018 lot 43.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze with turquoise inlay, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s, sale AU835 lot 33.

Two sculptures with the left hand in the gesture of debate (vitarka mudra), normally associated with the white form of Tara.

Circa 14th century, Tibet, Tara, copper alloy with silver, copper and stone inlay, private collection, photo on Bonhams  .

Green Tara with a day/open lotus and a night/closed lotus, her hair gathered in a top knot adorned with a half-vajra finial, the seams on her stripy dhoti made of copper and silver beading. When her right hand is held down palm out, her left hand normally does the gesture to bestow refute, sometimes the gesture to ward off evil. The above does the fear-allaying gesture.

15th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze with stone inlay, private collection, photo on Millon.

18th century, Tibet, Tara, silver with turquoise inlay and cold gold, gilt copper alloy base, private collection, photo on Sotheby’s 

A Mongolian-style silver figure seated on a gilt lotus base, her dhoti and sash richly incised with a floral and vine pattern, her two-tier hair bun topped with a flaming jewel.

Tibet, White Tara (9)

11th-12th century, Tibet, Tara, brass, private collection, photo by Renaud Montméat on asian art

This female figure seated with her legs locked appears to hold something in her right hand and does a gesture to ward off evil with the left. The tall chignon, topped with a diamond finial, the fleshy toes and the stern look are derived from the Pala-style yet the disproportion of the torso, the short pointed ears and elongated earlobes, the embossed navel and the flat arrow-like nose are highly personal and suggest that the caster didn’t copy an existing work.

12th-13th century, Tibet, Tara of the Seven Eyes, bronze with copper, silver and turquoise, at the National Gallery of Victoria in Melbourne (Australia).

This White Tara displays a silver-inlaid eye in the palm of her hands, the sole of her feet, and on her forehead. She wears a long dhoti and a sash inlaid with copper and silver, princely jewellery with showy turquoise cabochons and silver inlay, a matching belt with lotus bud pendants, a low tiara with festoons and flowing ribbons.

13th-14th century, Tibet, White Tara, bronze, private collection, photo on Wooley & Wallis .

14th century, Tibet, Tara, bronze (brass), private collection, photo on Wooley & Wallis.

Tibet, Green Tara (22)

14th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

A rare image of Green Tara holding the stem of blue lotuses; her left hand does a gesture to bestow refuge, the right hand expresses supreme generosity. She wears a Nepalese-style garment with beaded seams, and princely accessories inlaid with a multitude of small round coral and turquoise cabochons.

14th century, Tibet or China, Tara, bronze with turquoise, Yuan Dynasty, private collection, photo on Christie’s .

A rare mixture of Tibetan features (the serene moon-like face and the use of non-gilt copper alloy), Chinese-style accessories, a Nepalese-style garment.

Circa 14th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper alloy and gems, Densatil style, private collection, photo on Bonhams

Green Tara holding the stem of day/open lotuses.

14th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze with turquoise, private collection, photo on Millon .

14th-15th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze, private collection, photo on Sotheby’s 2016 .

Here we have two types of lotuses in groups of four, two open flowers and two buds, fastened to her elbows and with a silver stem (missing from her right hand).

15th century, Western Tibet, brass with silver and copper inlay, private collection, photo by Van Ham, sale 8th December 2016.

The late Guge style is apparent in the style of the tall double-lotus base, the shape of the face and the use of brass with silver-inlaid eyes and copper-inlaid lips.

15th century, Tibet, Tara, bronze and precious stones, private collection, photo on HAR .

15th century, Tibet, Tara and eight emanations, gilt bronze, is or was at the British Museum in London (UK).

Green Tara, seated on a lotus with scrolling foliage that supports eight smaller Taras, topped with Amitabha between two lotus buds, and two birds (one missing). This eight emanations are meant to protect against eight fears described here 

16th century, Tara (brass with copper inlay), private collection, photo on HAR

16th-17th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper alloy with cold gold, paint, coral and turquoise, at the Detroit Institute of Arts (USA).

Green Tara doing the fear-allaying gesture with her right hand.

17th century, Tibet, Green Tara (gilt metal with recent cold gold, blue pigment, turquoise cabochons), private collection, photo on HAR

17th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper alloy with turquoise, coral and enamel, at the Freer Sackler Gallery in Washington DC (USA).

The colourful repoussé accessories and the lotus base are reminiscent of Mongolian works from the Dolonnor area. Her left hand does the gesture of debate while holding the stem of a flower, her right hand holds a long-life vase not normally associated with Green Tara.

18th century, Tibet, Syamatara, gilt bronze, on Christie’s, Paris .

18th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze, traces of lacquer and pigments, private collection, sale A189AS Koller.

Tibet, White Tara (8)

15th century, Tibet, Tsang province, metal (copper alloy), at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).White Tara’s thin waist, silk shawl and festooned necklace denote a Chinese influence, while her facial features and the absence of gilding are typical of Tibetan works. She holds the stem of a blue lotus in her left hand (doing the gesture to bestow refuge) and has an open lotus next to her right shoulder.

Undated, Tibet, Tara, gilt metal with silver inlay, private collection, photo on Himalayan Art Resources

A rare sculpture of White Tara with an effigy of Amitabha on her chignon, the  three eyes on her face inlaid with silver. She is seated on a lotus base with thick beading at the bottom but none at the top.

16th century, Tibet, Tara, silver with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Christie’s.

The turquoise-inlaid protuberance on her forehead looks more like an urna (orginially a lock of hair on the forehead of the historical buddh) than a third eye (which is always vertical and narrow), in which case we would be looking at Vishvamata.

17th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze (copper alloy) with stone inlay, at the Royal Ontario Museum (Canada).

We saw a Green Tara from the same museum, adorned with similar accessories with very intricate details (thanks to the repoussé technique), reminiscent of some Mongolian works.

Undated, Tibet, Tara (copper alloy), private collection, photo on Himalayan Art Resources, item 59525.

A brass sculpture with Kashmiri features such as the cruciform navel and the inverted U-shaped hem of her bodice, Western Tibetan elements such as the five-point crown with triangular panels  and the plump oval face associated with Guge but without silver inlay for the eyes, together with a silk shawl forming loops at elbow level, an ample lower garment folded loosely over the legs, plain jewellery, an elongated torso and a thin waist suggesting a Chinese influence. The third eye on her face is barely incised above her unibrow.

Tibet, Green Tara (21)

13th century, Tibet, Tara, bronze, private collection, photo by Hardt Auctions.

A dark bronze of Green Tara similar in style to a 13th-14th century figure we saw in a previous post, with the same hair ornament, jewellery and lotus base (see below for reminder).

13th-14th century, Western Tibet, Tara.

13th-14th century, Tibet, Tara, metal (brass), at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

A Pala-style sculpture of Tara with a voluminous hairdo and a long garment that fans out over the lotus base (compare with this post ).

13th-14th century (labelled 17th century on HAR), gilt bronze, private collection, photo by Christie’s, sale 17347.

A gilt (and seemingly later) version with Chinese-style facial features, heavier and less detailed accessories and lotuses, but a similar treatment of the garment.

15th century, Tibet, Tara, silver with stone inlay on a gilt metal base, at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA).

15th-16th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze (copper alloy) with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Nagel, sale 736 China 3.

16th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze, private collection, photo by Christie’s, sale 17347.

 

Tibet, Tara – variants (2)

14th century, Tibet, Tara, brass, private collection, photo by Marie-Catherine Daffos on aaoartsA rich copper alloy sculpture of White Tara, seated with her legs locked, a third eye on her forehead and an eye incised in the palm of her hands and the sole of her feet, a sash drawn across her breast. She holds the stem of a lotus in her left hand while doing a refuge-bestowing gesture, and displays supreme generosity with the other. A blue lotus rises from the base to her right.

15th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze (copper alloy), lotus not original, private collection, photo by Nagel, sale 736, China 3.

Circa 18th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze (copper alloy), photo by Marie-Catherine Daffos for aaoarts.

17th century, Tibet, Tara (labelled “Amitayus”), private collection, photo on  Cambiaste

17th century, Tibet, Tara, soapstone, private collection, photo by Christie’s, sale 17347.This Tara wears bulky jewellery including some ‘shin ornaments’ on top of her lower garment.

17th-18th century, Tibet, Tara, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by photo by Nagel.

The missing hair ornament on this Pala-revival work reveals a cascade of curls on each side of her head.Note the huge floral earrings.

17th century, Tibet, Tara, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Christie’s, sale 17347.

18th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Nagel, sale 101 China 2.A curious figure holding the stem of lotuses topped with a book and a conch shell.

15th century, Central Tibet, gilt bronze with turquoise and coral inlay, private collection, photo by Hollywood Galleries .

Tara with four heads, each one with a third eye, and eight hands. From top to bottom she holds a sword and a lotus, a bow and an arrow, a wheel and another object, a vajra sceptre and a noose.

Tibet, Green Tara (20)

12th c., Tibet, Tara, brass+sil.+cop.+turq., 30 cm, tenzingasianart.com

12th century, Tibet, Tara, brass with silver, copper and turquoise inlay, private collection, photo on Tenzing Asian Art

This unusual Indo-Tibetan work depicts Green Tara with her hair coiled and adorned with a small tiara. Her eyes are inlaid with silver, her lips with copper, her sash and lower garment have a stippled lotus pattern, a lotus is embossed in the palm of her right hand, held out in the gesture of supreme generosity.

14th century, Tibet, Tara, bronze (brass), private collection, photo on Christie’s

14th century or later, Tibet, Tara, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo on Koller

16th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze with stone inlay, private collection, photo on Bonhams

16th century, Tibet, Tara (labelled Prajnaparamita), gilt bronze, private collection, photo on Casa Cambi d’Aste

16th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Nagel.

A rare sculpture of Green Tara holding a lotus inlaid with lapis lazuli and a red stone or coral at the centre.

16th century, Tibet, Tara, copper alloy with traces of gilding, private collection, photo on Armand Antiques

This Tara wears a sumptuous garment decorated with a floral print prolonged on the upper part of the single lotus base.

18th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Pierre Bergé & Associés, http://www.pba-auctions.com.