COMPASS Title: Gilded bronze figure of Tara;The goddess Tara

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1830,0612.4

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COMPASS Title: Gilded bronze figure of Tara;The goddess Tara

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  • COMPASS Title: Gilded bronze figure of Tara;The goddess Tara

    Full: Front

  • A standing figure of a female deity (Tara) solid cast in a bronze and gilded. The figure has a high tubular coiffure (jatamakuta)  held in place by a massive medallion flanked by makaras (mythical water beasts).  This feature and the eyes of the figure were originally set with stones, the largest at the centre of the medallion (possibly an image of a dhyanibuddha). The earlobes are elongated and the lower body dressed in a tightly fitting dhoti knotted at the hips. The upper body is left uncovered. The proper left hand is in kakata mudra (gesture of holding), the right hand in varada mudra (gesture of giving). The two middle fingers of the right hand are missing as are toes from both feet. The left knee is slightly bent forward and the right hip slightly thrust to the right in tribhanga (the 'triple bend' posture).

    Full: Front

  • A standing figure of a female deity (Tara) solid cast in bronze and gilded. The figure has a high tubular coiffure (jatamukuta) held in place by a medallion flanked by makara-s (water creatures).  The medallion was probably set with stones, as were the eyes. The earlobes are elongated and the lower body dressed in a tight-fitting cloth knotted at the hips. The upper body is uncovered. The proper right hand is in varadamudra (gesture of giving), the left hand in katakahastamudra (the hand pose wherein the tips of the fingers are applied to the thumb so as to form a ring, as if to hold a flower). The two middle fingers of the right hand are missing as are toes from both feet.

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  • A standing figure of a female deity (Tara) solid cast in bronze and gilded. The figure has a high tubular coiffure (jatamukuta) held in place by a medallion flanked by makara-s (water creatures).  The medallion was probably set with stones, as were the eyes. The earlobes are elongated and the lower body dressed in a tight-fitting cloth knotted at the hips. The upper body is uncovered. The proper right hand is in varadamudra (gesture of giving), the left hand in katakahastamudra (the hand pose wherein the tips of the fingers are applied to the thumb so as to form a ring, as if to hold a flower). The two middle fingers of the right hand are missing as are toes from both feet.

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  • A standing figure of a female deity (Tara) solid cast in bronze and gilded. The figure has a high tubular coiffure (jatamukuta) held in place by a medallion flanked by makara-s (water creatures).  The medallion was probably set with stones, as were the eyes. The earlobes are elongated and the lower body dressed in a tight-fitting cloth knotted at the hips. The upper body is uncovered. The proper right hand is in varadamudra (gesture of giving), the left hand in katakahastamudra (the hand pose wherein the tips of the fingers are applied to the thumb so as to form a ring, as if to hold a flower). The two middle fingers of the right hand are missing as are toes from both feet.

    Side: right

  • A standing figure of a female deity (Tara) solid cast in bronze and gilded. The figure has a high tubular coiffure (jatamukuta) held in place by a medallion flanked by makara-s (water creatures).  The medallion was probably set with stones, as were the eyes. The earlobes are elongated and the lower body dressed in a tight-fitting cloth knotted at the hips. The upper body is uncovered. The proper right hand is in varadamudra (gesture of giving), the left hand in katakahastamudra (the hand pose wherein the tips of the fingers are applied to the thumb so as to form a ring, as if to hold a flower). The two middle fingers of the right hand are missing as are toes from both feet.

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  • A standing figure of a female deity (Tara) solid cast in bronze and gilded. The figure has a high tubular coiffure (jatamukuta) held in place by a medallion flanked by makara-s (water creatures).  The medallion was probably set with stones, as were the eyes. The earlobes are elongated and the lower body dressed in a tight-fitting cloth knotted at the hips. The upper body is uncovered. The proper right hand is in varadamudra (gesture of giving), the left hand in katakahastamudra (the hand pose wherein the tips of the fingers are applied to the thumb so as to form a ring, as if to hold a flower). The two middle fingers of the right hand are missing as are toes from both feet.

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  • A standing figure of a female deity (Tara) solid cast in bronze and gilded. The figure has a high tubular coiffure (jatamukuta) held in place by a medallion flanked by makara-s (water creatures).  The medallion was probably set with stones, as were the eyes. The earlobes are elongated and the lower body dressed in a tight-fitting cloth knotted at the hips. The upper body is uncovered. The proper right hand is in varadamudra (gesture of giving), the left hand in katakahastamudra (the hand pose wherein the tips of the fingers are applied to the thumb so as to form a ring, as if to hold a flower). The two middle fingers of the right hand are missing as are toes from both feet.

    Full: Front

  • A standing figure of a female deity (Tara) solid cast in bronze and gilded. The figure has a high tubular coiffure (jatamukuta) held in place by a medallion flanked by makara-s (water creatures).  The medallion was probably set with stones, as were the eyes. The earlobes are elongated and the lower body dressed in a tight-fitting cloth knotted at the hips. The upper body is uncovered. The proper right hand is in varadamudra (gesture of giving), the left hand in katakahastamudra (the hand pose wherein the tips of the fingers are applied to the thumb so as to form a ring, as if to hold a flower). The two middle fingers of the right hand are missing as are toes from both feet.

    Full: Front

  • A standing figure of a female deity (Tara) solid cast in bronze and gilded. The figure has a high tubular coiffure (jatamukuta) held in place by a medallion flanked by makara-s (water creatures).  The medallion was probably set with stones, as were the eyes. The earlobes are elongated and the lower body dressed in a tight-fitting cloth knotted at the hips. The upper body is uncovered. The proper right hand is in varadamudra (gesture of giving), the left hand in katakahastamudra (the hand pose wherein the tips of the fingers are applied to the thumb so as to form a ring, as if to hold a flower). The two middle fingers of the right hand are missing as are toes from both feet.

    Full: Front

  • A standing figure of a female deity (Tara) solid cast in bronze and gilded. The figure has a high tubular coiffure (jatamukuta) held in place by a medallion flanked by makara-s (water creatures).  The medallion was probably set with stones, as were the eyes. The earlobes are elongated and the lower body dressed in a tight-fitting cloth knotted at the hips. The upper body is uncovered. The proper right hand is in varadamudra (gesture of giving), the left hand in katakahastamudra (the hand pose wherein the tips of the fingers are applied to the thumb so as to form a ring, as if to hold a flower). The two middle fingers of the right hand are missing as are toes from both feet.

    3/4: Right