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