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, 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, 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, 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.

 

Tibet, Green Tara (19)

Circa 14th century, Tibet, Tara, copper alloy with cold gold, private collection, photo by Fabrice Gousset on aaoarts

A singular Tara with slanted eyes and unibrow, her face painted with cold gold, her right foot on an open flower fastened to the rim of the lotus base, the hem of her ankle-length garment and the ribbon of her crown decorated with a chased geometrical pattern, the stem of a (broken) lotus in her left hand.

14th-15th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Koller .

Most early Nepalese works are made of copper rather than copper alloy, and it was the Newars who introduced fire gilding and stone inlay techniques to Tibet. They preferred clear gems while Tibetan patrons favoured hard stones such as turquoise and lapis lazuli, and coral. Both lotuses here are of the blue variety. The hem of her lower garment is decorated with a chased geometrical pattern, she is adorned with Nepalese-style jewellery including shin ornaments.

Circa 16th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze (copper alloy) with glass inlay, photo by Marie-Catherine Daffos for aaoarts as before.

A similar work, with an incised motif on the plinth of the lotus base.

15th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper alloy with stone inlay, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

15th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper alloy with turquoise and lapis lazuli, private collection, photo by Bonhams.

Green Tara’s right hand often displays the gesture of supreme generosity while the other does a gesture to bestow refuge or to ward off evil. She may have two open lotuses, or a day lotus to her right and a night/blue lotus to her left…

Circa 16th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze (copper alloy) with turquoise, photo by Marie-Catherine Daffos on aaoarts

… or vice-versa in this case.

16th-17th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt copper, private collection, photo by Kollerhttp://www.kollerauktionen.ch .

17th century, Tibet, Tara (labelled Padmapani), bronze with copper inlay, private collection, photo by Polyauction

The heart-shaped petals on this tall lotus base are typical of the Pala-revival style. She does a gesture to dispel fear and displays a lotus embossed in the palm of her hand.

17th-18th c., Tibet, Tara, polychrome wood, 14,3 cm, Lempertz

17th-18th century, Tibet, Tara, polychrome wood, private collection, photo on Lempertz

18th century, Tara, Tibet, gilt bronze (copper alloy) with cold gold and pigments, private collection, photo on Nagel

Tibet, Green Tara (18)

16th-17th c., Tibet, Tara green, gilt bronze+turq., 19 cm, Sotheby's

16th-17th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze (copper alloy) with turquoise, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

Green Tara, with a blue lotus to her left and an open lotus on the other side and under her right foot, her hands doing the usual gestures to show generosity and give refuge, her tall Pala-style Chignon topped with a flaming jewel, all her accessories inlaid with turquoise at the front and at the back (see next photo).

16th-17th c., Tibet, Tara green, gilt bronze+turq., 19 cm, rear petals but one, Sotheby's

 

The petals on the lotus base go all the way round yet the central ones appear to be purposely unfinished.

15th-16th century, (Tibet), Tara, gilt bronze with stones, private collection, photo by Polyauction

A similar style, with a carefully chased geometrical pattern adorning her garment.

16th century, Tibet, Tara, copper alloy, private collection, photo on Dragon’s Pearl

She may do the fear-allaying gesture with her left hand, as above.

17th century, Tibet, Tara, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Christie’s.

A Pala revival sculpture of Tara with traces of cold gold on her face, her long garment carefully pleated on one side.

18th c., Tibet, Tara, parcel gilt bronze, 10,8 cm, Paris Sotheby's

18th century, Tibet, Tara, bronze (copper alloy) with cold gold, private collection, photo by Sotheby’s.

 

Tibet, Green Tara (17)

Circa 11th-12th century, Western Tibet or Kashmir, Tara, bronze (brass), private collection, photo by Nagel .

The Indian Pala style is predominant in this brass figure, especially in the treatment of the eyes, the punched navel, the beaded hair ornament and the long garment whose folds occupy most of the seat. Her right hand does a fear-allaying gesture, the other holds the stem of a large lotus flower.

15th century, Central Tibet, Tsang province, Tara, bronze (gilt copper alloy with cold gold and pigments), at the Rubin Museum of Art in New York (USA) https://www.himalayanart.org/items/700026.

Green Tara often holds her right hand in the gesture of supreme generosity while the tip of the ring finger presses the tip of the thumb on her left hand, to bestow refuge. The above wears a celestial scarf and lower garment with stippled lotuses.

15th-16th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze (copper alloy) with turquoise and clear stones, private collection, photo by Bonhams https://www.bonhams.com.

Her right foot usually rests on a lotus that stems from the base, as on this figure with harmonious proportions, whose jewellery is inlaid with a profusion of medium-size cabochons, a feature typical of gilt works attributed to 15th century Tibet.

16th century, Tibet, Tara, gilt bronze, private collection, photo by Kapoor Galleries https://www.kapoorgalleries.com.

A rare example with the left foot on the lotus fastened to the base, her right hand doing a gesture to express knowledge (palm upwards, tip of thumb pressing tip of forefinger), the other bestowing patience (tip of middle finger pressing tip of thumb).

17th century, Tibet, Tara, bronze (copper alloy) with turquoise, private collection, photo by Nagel https://www.auction.de.

17th-18th century, Tibet, Tara, bronze (copper alloy) with traces of cold gold and pigment, private collection, photo by Nagel https://www.auction.de.