FONG CHOW Associate Curator in Charge of Far Eastern Art
Tara.Nepalese, XIII-XIV century.Gilt copper, semiprecious stones, and paint, height 201/4 inches. LouisV. Bell Fund,66.179 Tara,the gentle consort of Avalokitesvara,the Bodhisattvaof InfiniteCompassion,here is shown with a third eye on her forehead, and one on each of her palms. Her righthand is in the gesture of charity,her left in the gesture of argument.At her left shoulder is her symbol, the padma or full-blown lotus. This statuette's sophisticated grace and elaborate but elegant decoration are typical of Nepalese art.
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