An ungilt bronze figure of a Tara
Circa 1300, Tibet
Height: 44 cm, 17.3 inches
This sensuous bronze figure of dark patina is seated in vajrasana - the legs cast in the round, with no opening into the figure from underneath. Her right arm is relaxed, with the hand resting on her right knee in varada mudra - the gesture of charity, signifying the fulfillment of all wishes. The left arm is raised, with the hand forming a circle with thumb and finger through which passes the stem of a lotus flower (originally a flower would have flanked the left shoulder).