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A 16th century Tibetan turquoise-inlaid gilt bronze cast of the female bodhisattva Green Tara which sold for £32,000 at Bellmans.

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Leading proceedings at £32,000 plus 20% buyer's premium (estimate £2000-3000) was this 16th century Tibetan turquoise-inlaid gilt bronze cast of the female bodhisattva Green Tara standing 5in (12cm) high upon a double lotus base.

The figure is modelled in lalitasana with the right foot resting on a lotus flower and the right hand lowered in varada mudra.

It sold to the same international bidder who bought a c.15th century Tibetan cast brass figure of Kubera supported on a double lotus throne for £19,000 (estimate £3000-5000).

Standing just under 6in (15cm) high, the god of wealth was depicted in seated lalitasana with his right foot resting on a vase, holding a citrus fruit in his right hand and a mongoose spitting gems in his left. It was inlaid with coral and turquoise.

Bellmans' Oriental specialist Phil Howell said: "It is rare for a provincial auction house to be entrusted with such a splendid collection. It has been a privilege to research and catalogue."