Seated Tara, the Buddhist Savior
Copper alloy inlaid with gold and silver
Samuel Eilenberg Collection, Gift of Samuel Eilenberg, 1987
Tara offers boons with her right hand (varada mudra) and holds her left in a gesture of teaching (vitarka mudra). The image is remarkable for its elaborate gold and silver inlays, infusing life into the elaborate garments. Clearly, the patron’s concern was to donate an exquisite image rather than one of larger scale. The figure reflects the earlier north Indian Pala style of the eleventh and twelfth centuries.
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