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2. A finely cast figure of Green Tara (Syamatara)
China, c. 17th century
Gilt Bronze
6 3/4 in. (17 cm)
A finely cast figure of Green Tara (<em>Syamatara</em>)

Provenance: From a private Swiss collection

The savior of all suffering is seated in lalitasana on a double lotus base with one leg resting on a lotus socle, the other knee bent and laid flat on the pedestal with the foot lying against the opposite thigh. The right hand held in the gesture of varada mudra and the left in vitarka mudra. Her hair, falling in tresses across her shoulders while also gathered in a high chignon behind a five-leaf crown. She is seen wearing a dhoti, a scarf draped across her arms and shoulders and ornate body jewellery, the head tilted to one side and the face with a serene expression. Exquisite attention to detail is presented throughout this delicately cast bronze.

Compare the sensitively rendered feminine facial features with a Qing dynasty figure of Marici (U. von Schroder, Indo-Tibetan Bronzes, Hong Kong, 1981, pp. 546-547, cat.no. 155F). For further comparison of the modeling of the body, the finely detailed jewelry, the hair and the lotus base, see a bronze figure ofGreen Tara in the George Crofts Collection at the Royal Ontario Museum, Toronto (ROM2005_1586_15).


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