A Gilt Bronze Figure of Tara
Tibeto-Chinese, Yongle Mark and Period (1403-24)
Very finely cast seated in lalitasana over a double lotus base with beaded rims, her foot supported by a separately cast padma cushion, her hands in varada and vitarka mudras holding two lotus stalks swirling around her arms and blooming at both shoulders, wearing a long flowing dhoti gathered in folds around her feet, a double-stranded girdle with festooned pendants, elaborate beaded necklaces, bracelets, armlets, and anklets, her face slightly tilted in a benign expression with finely detailed foliate tiara and disk-shaped earrings, her hair gathered in a high chignon crowned by a floral hair ornament, with loose strands falling over her shoulders, incised with a six-character Yongle mark in front of base, base sealed
7½ in. (19 cm.) high
For another example, in the Berti Aschmann Collection, see H. Uhlig, On the Path to Enlightenment, 1995, cat. no. 92.