Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Tara (Buddhist Deity)

སྒྲོལ་མ། སྣང་བརྙན་ཡོངས། 度母(本尊)(全像)
(item no. 65821)
Origin Location Nepal
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Lineages Buddhist
Material Wood
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Fine examples of Nepalese Malla period wood carving are hard to find. The Los Angeles County Museum has a seated Tara dated to the 15th century (Art of Nepal, Pratapaditya Pal, Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1985, page 114 [S35]). Asia Society exhibited another similar piece during a New York exhibition in the early sixties (The Art of Nepal, Stella Kramrisch, The Asia Society, Inc., 1964, pg.89, 91, 135). All three sculptures have repousse ornaments such as crown, earrings, bracelets, etc., along with painted details of clothing patterns and the multi-coloured lotus pedestal.

The precise identification of this piece is not known. It could be a Buddhist work and possibly a form of Tara, or it could be Hindu and then any number of deities might be represented in this way, such as Lakshmi.

Jeff Watt 2-2008

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Nepal: Sculpture (Wood)