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A Important Gilt Bronze Figure of Tara
A Important Gilt Bronze Figure of Tara

TIBET, 15TH CENTURY

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A Important Gilt Bronze Figure of Tara
Tibet, 15th Century
Exquisitely cast seated in lalitasana ('Royal Ease') on a double-lotus base, her extended right leg supported by a separate padma, her right hand lowered touching her knee in varada mudra, her left hand raised in vitarka mudra holding a lotus stem rising to her shoulder, the flower inset with a ruby, a further lotus rising from the base at her right, her long flowing dhoti elegantly pleated and incised with intricate floral patterns and secured with beaded festoons at the waist, a shaped collar draped across her shoulders beneath multi-stranded necklaces with pendent jewels, her face gently tilted in a benign expression framed by an intricate openwork tiara and disk earrings, richly inset overall with turquoise, the base inscribed on the reverse with verses praising the goddess Tara and sealed with intact consecration, the base plate gilt and incised with a double-vajra
7.3/8 in. (18.6 cm.) high
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