20 September 2006
A bronze figure of Tara
Tibet, 14th century
Seated in lalitasana on a double-lotus base, holding a lotus in her left hand, wearing a diaphanous dhoti with floral and cloud motifs and secured at the waist with a jeweled belt, a sash traversing her torso and adorned with multiple necklaces and bracelets, the gentle face with a benevolant expression, eyes inlaid with copper and silver, the hair piled high, topped with a finial and secured with a foliate tiara, flanked on both sides with lotuses, the base with an inscription, sealed and incised with a double-vajra
7 in. (17.8 cm.) high
In the collection of Edwin Noel August, Baron Plowden of Plowden, G.B.E, K.C.B. (1907-2001), Martels Manor, Great Dunmow, Essex, and by descent to present owners.
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