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    Sale 2248

    Masterpieces of Himalayan Bronzes

    15 September 2008, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 15

    A hardstone inlaid gilt bronze figure of Tara


    Price Realised  


    A hardstone inlaid gilt bronze figure of Tara
    Nepal, 16th century
    Standing in tribhanga over a lotus base with her hips swung to the left, her right hand in varada mudra and her left in vitarka mudra holding a lotus blossom, clad in a long pleated dhoti secured by a jeweled sash and further adorned by jewelry inset with hardstones, her face with delicately smiling lips and almond-shaped eyes, her hair gathered in a braided chignon and surmounted by a foliate tiara centered by a kirttimukha mask, the back with a sealed rectangular opening for consecration, richly gilt overall
    10¼ in (26 cm.) high

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