A gilt-bronze figure of Green Tara 15th/16th century

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Lot 268*
A gilt-bronze figure of Green Tara
15th/16th century

£ 10,000 - 15,000
US$ 13,000 - 20,000
A gilt-bronze figure of Green Tara
15th/16th century
Elegantly cast seated in lalitasana on a double-lotus pedestal, the hands in varada mudra and vitarka mudra, flanked by lotuses rising to the shoulders, the benevolent face framed by an intricate tiara and disk earrings, wearing a dhoti elaborately embellished with beaded necklaces, armlets and bracelets, richly inset with turquoise and semi-precious stones.
15.7cm (6 1/5in) high

Footnotes

  • 十五/十六世紀 銅鎏金綠度母像

    The spiritual and compassionate Tara is highly revered in Tibet and Nepal as a female Bodhisattva, considered as the Goddess of Universal Compassion and the manifestation of the actions of all Buddhas. Her practice was introduced into Tibet in the 7th century and her popularity was greatly expanded in the 11th century with the arrival of Lama Atisha.

    There are twenty-one forms of Tara and the two most popular ones are Green Tara and White Tara. The Tibetans consider Green Tara as the original Tara. She has a special power to help overcome dangers, fears and anxieties, and she will also grant wishes.

    The present lot is beautifully balanced with an elegantly-curved torso. Together with the delicate execution on the jewel adornments, it displays an evidence of the fine workmanship during the 15th and 16th century.

    Compare the facial expression and the treatment of the double-lotus pedestal on the seated figure of four-armed Avalokitesvara, dated to 15th century, in the Qing Court Collection, illustrated in The Complete Collection of Treasures of the Palace Museum: Buddhist Statues in Tibet, Hong Kong, 2003, pl.169.

    此尊頭戴五葉寶冠,雙目微開,耳垂花形大環,神態嫻靜自然。雙手持烏巴拉花莖,左手施三寶嚴印,右手施與願印。飾別緻項鍊,臂鐲和手鐲,上身搭帔帛,刻精細小花紋,下身着貼身薄長裙,遊戲坐於仰覆蓮座上,右腿下踏小蓮臺。整體工藝熟練,盡顯十五/十六世紀是的高超技巧。

    度母在西藏和尼泊爾地位極其崇高,有眾神之母之美譽。七世紀傳入西藏,到了十一世紀其信仰廣泛流行。度母形象眾多,其中最著名的為綠度母和白度母,而綠度母更被稱為一切度母之源。綠度母是眾多度母中最活躍的重要著,具有拔濟眾生出種種苦難之功能。

    此像的面容刻畫及蓮座的做工可與另一件清宮舊藏十五世紀時期的四臂菩薩作比較,見2003年香港出版《故宮經典:藏傳佛教造像》,圖版169。
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