19th Century Tibetan Patinated Bronze Figure of Tara on New Black Base

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This fine old bronze of Tara was made for the purpose of focusing the process of meditation regarding her aspects of wisdom and compassion. Crafted in Tibet but nearer to India and its influences this figure is an interesting combination of Hindu and Buddhist art and religion. Originally Tara was conceived as a Hindu mother goddess with the spread of Buddhism she was redesigned sometime after 4th century giving her a new role within the spreading Buddhist religion. This seems to have taken place in Shri Lanka and then spread out and back into India and Tibet thru China. At this time Shri Lanka was a great trading center and was host to many religious aspects, sects and ideals. The figure is cast with many fine details and is patinated in a warm green, brown showing traces of a coppery red color. The bronze content of this figure has a high amount of copper in the smelting giving the bronze a rich internal red color. Seated in lalitasana with her pendent right foot resting on a separately cast Padma or lotus pillow rising from a double lotus base. Her six hands hold aspects of contemplation and various attributes such as a lotus stalk, the book of knowledge, a rosary etc etc while her face cast serenely clam with down cast eyes beneath high arched brows. She wares many armlets, necklaces & bracelets, a diaphanous dhoti and is crowned with a flowering tiara enclosing a very elaborate topknot. The museum style base has been custom made and comes with the figure to display the work on measurements do not include the base.

Details

  • Of the Period
    Tibetan
  • Place of Origin
    Tibet
  • Date of Manufacture
    circa 1830-1860
  • Period
    Mid-19th Century
  • Materials and Techniques
    Hand-Crafted   Bronze
  • Condition
    Excellent. Besides the above mentioned patination the bronze has in certain areas a very greenish patina of weathering were hands over many years have touched the peice.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
  • Dimensions
    16 in. H x 13 in. W x 9 in. D
    41 cm H x 33 cm W x 23 cm D
  • Seller Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU81135327463
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