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    Sale 12168

    Indian, Himalayan and Southeast Asian Works of Art

    15 March 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 261

    A Gilt Bronze Figure of a Green Tara

    TIBETO-CHINESE, 18TH CENTURY

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    A Gilt Bronze Figure of a Green Tara
    Tibeto-Chinese, 18th century
    Exquisitely cast seated in lalitasana on a double-lotus beaded base with her pendent right leg supported by a lotus blossom, her right hand lowered touching her knee in varada mudra, her left hand raised in vitarka mudra, wearing an ankle-length dhoti, the hems incised with foliate patterns, her elegant body richly adorned with beaded jewelry and her face gently lowered in a benign expression, her hair piled in a high chignon and topped by a foliate tiara, richly gilt overall
    6 ¾ in. (17.2 cm.) high


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    Regarded as a female boddhisatva, Tara is one of the most widely worshipped female figures of Buddhism, revered for the protection and guidance she offers on the path toward enlightenment. Tara exists in twenty-one forms, each representing specific qualities or actions, with the Green Tara having a particular association with protection from fear.

    Provenance

    Acquired from Sotheby's London, 5 November 2014, lot 224