AN EXTREMELY RARE 17th CENTURY CARVING OF A GREEN TARA
This lot is published and Illustrated in Jan Chapman, The Art of Horn Carving in China, London, 1999, p.275, pl.397 (in original condition)
Horn in a deep brown to maroon colored hue of opaque quality, remnants of red pigment - please contact Zacke Auctions for material
Sino-Tibetan - Himalayan region, 17h century
This important Buddhist sculpture, carved from horn, is one of only two known examples still existent. It originates from the Himalayan region and was most certainly a Chinese commission, as the rareness and value of the material suggests so. The present lot depicts the female goddess Green Tara, worshipped by followers in Nepal and Tibet and displays the same form and decoration as gilt-bronze figures of the Goddess from the region.
Carved in Pala style, with a five-leaf tiara crown and beaded jewelry, Tara is seated in Lalitasana on a double lotus base with her left foot resting on a lotus bloom issuing from the base. Heavenly bands and lotus flowers are framing the figure and showcase fine openwork carving. In both her hands we see the stems of the lotus flowers and they are held in Vitarka Mudra.
Although three-dimensional figure carvings in horn from the Himalayan regions are rare due to the scarce availability of the material there, there is documentation of such carvings being made by the 10th Karmapa, Choeying Dorje (1604-1674), who was a famous teacher of the Karma Kagyu tradition of Tibetan Buddhism and well known as an artist in the mediums of painting, metal casting and carving.
Material: Please contact Zacke auctions
Shape: Figural shape
Dimensions: 9,2 cm (height), 6,8 cm (maximum width)
Condition: Good condition with missing right hand, left lotus and bands professionally restored. The work is fully documented and completely reversible. Nothing of the original statue, as published in the Chapman book, has been tampered with.
Provenance: Gerald Levy Collection, Paris
Literature comparison: For two other full figural, 17th century horn carvings of Buddhist deities see Sotheby's, WATER, PINE AND STONE RETREAT COLLECTION - SCHOLARLY ART, 08 OCTOBER 2010, HONG KONG, lot 2199 and Sotheby's, FINE CHINESE CERAMICS AND WORKS OF ART, 10 APRIL 2006, HONG KONG, lot 1634.
此拍品曾被收錄並出版于 Jan Chapman,《中國角雕刻藝術》 The Art of Horn Carving in China，倫敦， 1999,.275頁, 圖397 (品相未變)
深褐色至半透明棕色，有紅色顔料殘餘 - 具體關於材料請咨詢Zacke藝廊
尺寸：高9,2 cm，最寬処 6,8 cm