Rare Bronze Pala-Style Seated Figure of Tara, East India or Western Tibet, Circa 12th/13th Century
The slender figure seated in dhyanasana on an intricately modeled double lotus base, the eyes, mouth and legs inlay with copper and silver pieces, two lotus stalks rising to her shoulders
height 8.6" — 21.8 cm.
The Pala influence of this figure is evident with the treatment of the jewelry, the slender proportions, and the relaxed form. The smiling expression and use of mixed-metal inlays are particularly noteworthy, and suggest the artist has encountered East Indian Pala examples of devotional sculptures.
Private New York Collection, acquired during the early 1980’s.