Part II: Fine Asian Works of Art:
Sydney, Monday 12 December 2016
Buddhism was introduced to the Himalayan regions much later than the rest of Asia, partly because of the location, which was not on the merchant trade or pilgrim route, and partly because many of its inhabitants were nomadic.
A tantric form of Buddhism later developed and became very popular under the guidance of Padmasambhava–a religious teacher from northern India–as it was said to provide a ‘quick path’ to enlightenment and Liberation.
The highlight of this section is an exquisite statue of Tara which is one of the earliest examples of Nepalese bronze Buddhist sculpture.
Another very rare and early example is a depiction of the compassionate Bodhisattva, covered in a fine mellow patina. This figure also stands in the tribhanga pose with a sensuous, curved body, the hair in a high chignon behind the three-point crown.
Finally, another jewel-encrusted figure of Tara on a lotus again illustrates the expertise and subtlety of the Newari craftsmen.