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Museum Quality Java Majapahit silver Dewi / Tara, 13th.-15th. cent!

Museum Quality Java Majapahit silver Dewi / Tara, 13th.-15th. cent!

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Metalwork: Pre 1700: Item # 1402955
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An important solid Hindu silver figurine of Dewi Tara, Majapahit, Eastern Java, 13th. century AD.

Dewi Tara is the Goddess of beauty, sister of Dewi Sri and a consort to Lord Siva. As with her sister, she is also known for her great beauty and iconic manifestation of the perfect female form which is very evident in this masterpiece rendering of her. A spectacular figure. She is standing on a round Lotus Podium, with full naked breasts, adorned with jewels, a Lotus flower at her left shoulder, she is wearing a splendid high crown. Also present on the base is a charming rendering of Nandi, the sacred white cow and Siva’s mount.

The early sculptures made in Java were highly inspired by bronzes brought to Java by early traders from southern India. During the Majapahit Dynasty, Hinduism and Buddhism merged and they were each equally practiced.

Superb high quality silver work with fine tiny details overall. The surface engraved, especially on her legs.

Size: Nearly 18 cm. tall.

Condition: Superb! Some cleaning to the front, while the protected areas retains a colourful patina.

Ex. Old Swedish Private Collection, comes with our Guarantee for authenticity (COA).