A gilt copper alloy figure Syamatara Tibet, 14th century
Lot 1097
A gilt copper alloy figure Syamatara Tibet, 14th century
Sold for US$ 482,500 inc. premium

Lot Details
A Tibeto-Chinese gilt copper alloy figure of Syamatara A Tibeto-Chinese gilt copper alloy figure of Syamatara A Tibeto-Chinese gilt copper alloy figure of Syamatara
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A gilt copper alloy figure Syamatara
Tibet, 14th century
Also known as Green Tara, the saviouress from all suffering
is seated in ardhaparyankasana 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. Each hand holds the stem of a padma (lotus), with the bloom resting at the shoulders, the right hand held in the gesture of varada mudra and the left in vitarka mudra. Her hair, falling in tresses across her shoulders and down her back, is also gathered in a topknot behind a five-leaf crown inlaid with turquoise and glass beads. Her serene face is painted with downcast eyes and red lips, an inset turquoise stone urna marking her forehead.
18 in. (45.7 cm.) high

Footnotes

  • This rare large-scale sculpture is likely to have been cast by Newari craftsmen working under the patronage of large monasteries in central Tibet. The treatment of the crown, prominent chin, wiry tresses across the shoulders, and modelling of the body are consistent with the rendering of the five tathagata figures in the South Chapel of the Shalu monastery, said to have been painted in the second quarter of the 14th century.

    Compare with a large Vajradhara in the Shalu monastery, Tibet, see von Schoeder, Buddhist Sculptures in Tibet, 2001, no. 231E. Also see Sotheby's, New York, March 23, 2007, lot 55 for a very closely related figure in both scale and detail of casting.

    Provenance:
    Estate of Roy Kirk, San Francisco, acquired in Asia in the 1960s, by repute
    Purchased from the above in the 1990s
    J. Russell Wherritt Trust
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