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Tsa Tsas at the Tibetan Antique Market

Tsa Tsa

Tibetan "tsa tsas" have played a minor role in Himalayan antiquities compared to thangkas and statues. Due to their size and content, and the limited number of offerings, they have never attracted much attention from collectors. As a result, auction houses either do not include them in their auctions at all, or include them in only a small number of lots. Even the prices they fetch are usually nowhere near the level of other Himalayan antiques.

If placed by their donors in caves, rock niches or on stupas, tsa tsas made of baked clay or earthenware do not last long due to the weather conditions, which of course greatly reduces the supply of these tsa tsas.

If placed in caves, rock niches or on stupas, they do not last long due to the weather conditions, which of course greatly reduces the supply of these tsa tsas.

If placed in caves, rock niches or on stupas, they do not last long due to the weather conditions, which of course greatly reduces the supply of these tsa tsas.

In terms of content, tsa tsas are similarly interesting to thangkas or statues because they share the same basis and diversity with Buddhist iconography. The aforementioned lower market interest in old tsa tsas, with their currently still comparatively low prices, gives collectors the opportunity to add authentic old pieces to their Tibetan collections. This is not possible with historical thangkas, and certainly not with even more valuable ancient bronze statues.

The other importance of tsa tsas in the Tibetan antiques market comes with another advantage of a significant nature, which is that the old tsa tsas are usually not forged. This would only be the case if there was a positive expected return on the effort involved and if there was a demand. This is not the case with the TSA. It has a complex manufacturing process that requires the existence of suitable dies and knowledge of 'production'. As a result, it is extremely rare to find offers of "doubles" on the Internet, as would be the case if dealers were able to offer their forgeries on the market with lucrative prospects of success.


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