Green Tara is supposedly the original Tara who gave rise to all the others.
Famille rose-decorated bodhisattva of this type were most likely made in sets, with each figure representing a different tantric manifestation. The combination of complicated modelling and repeated firing to create these figures would most likely have made them quite rare, and it is possible that they were made for the exclusive use of the temples of the imperial palace precincts.
A related famille rose figure of a seated bodhisattva, reputed to have come from the Imperial Palace, was included in the Exhibition of Chinese Arts, C.T. Loo & Co., New York, 1941-42, no. 750. Compare, also, the famille rose figure of a seated Avalokitesvara sold in our Hong Kong rooms, 26-28 October 2001, lot 606; and another of White Tara sold in these rooms, 18 September 2003, lot 371.