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Three Bodhisattvas Thogchag

- Avalokiteshvara - Manjushri - Vajrapani -

Thogchags [Tibetan: ཐོག་ལྕགས] are tektites and meteorites which serve as amulets. Typically high in iron content, these are traditionally believed to contain a magical, protective power comparable to Tibetan dzi beads. Most thogchags are made of a copper alloy.

A popular Tibetan belief is that thogchag are produced magically when a thunderbolt strikes the earth. Historically, it was believed that if one was to find a thogchag underground by chance, they would work as a good luck charm.

Source: Wikipedia

Three Bodhisattvas Thogchag

This very old [19th century or older] Thogchag shows three bodhisattvas Avalokiteshvara [top], Manjushri [bottom left ] and Vajrapani [bottom right]. Manjushri manifests supreme intelligence, insight, and wisdom; Vajrapani represents the power aspect of complete enlightenment; and Avalokiteshvara embodies unlimited loving kindness and compassion. The Tibetan name of Avalokiteshvara is Chenrezig [Tib.: spyan ras gzigs], of Vajrapani phyag na rdo rje [Tib.: Chagna Dorje] and of Manjushri Jampel [Tib.: 'jam dpal].

The strongly worn surface shows that this badge or medal has closely been worn to the body for ages. Presumably it is that old that it has multiply been passed on from father to son or from mother to daughter. At some point, unfortunately, the eye on the top of the Thogchags broke up.

Measurements: 2.2 x 2 x 0.1" | 5.5 x 5.1 x 0.3 cm
Price: 82 $ | 80 €
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