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    Sale 2271

    Indian and South East Asian Art: Including Highlights from the Star Collection

    20 March 2009, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 1421

    Ten Tsaklis depicting various forms of Tara


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    Ten Tsaklis depicting various forms of Tara
    Tibet, circa 18th/19th century
    One depicting a wrathful Tara dancing on one foot and the rest each with the goddess seated on a lotus, her hands in varada and vitarka mudras, backed by a halo and aureole and with devotional figures and scenes below, the verso with a fingerprint and inscription
    Opaque pigments and gold on textile
    5¼ x 4 1/8 in. (13.3 x 11.2 cm) (10)

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    The present set of tsaklis derive from a Nyingma terma, or Revealed Treasure, tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and would have been used to protect the donor from worldly obstacles and fears. Each card depicts a distinct form of Tara along with the particular fear from which she protects and a small devotional figure paying homage beneath. The fingerprint on the verso was likely made by the Nyingma lama responsible for consecrating the set.


    Hong Kong art market, before 2000