Tara, Goddess of Compassion
Artist/maker unknown, Nepalese
This lovely Buddhist statue displays intricately incised floral patterns on her pleated skirt as well as an ornate diadem and coiffure. Her hair falls in ringlets over her shoulders; such delicate curls are similarly found in paintings from the Malla period. Originally she held a lotus in her raised left hand; part of the lotus stem and leaf remains by her elbow and shoulder.