Dharmapala Thangka CentreTibetan Antiques


Nagarjuna Tsa Tsa

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This very finely worked Tsa Tsa shows a sevenfold Nagarjuna picture. The representation of the large Nagarjuna [Tibetan: mGon-po Klu-grub, དཔལ་དགོན་ཀླུ་སྒྲུབ་] in the centre differs from the usual iconography. Usually, the several snakes [= Nagas] only protrude behind his head. Here two on each side meander upwards from his hip and form a protective "Naga crown" with the other three snakes behind his head

Nagarjuna sitting on a lotus throne, which is held by three other Nagas.

Nagarjuna [dates for him are cited from ca. first centiry B.C.E, to second century C.E.] is known as the first of the Six Scholarly Omaments. The others are Aryadeva, Asanga, Vasubandhu, Dignaga, and Dharmakirti.

His distinctive feature is the snake hood canopy above his head.

Nagarjuna was born to a wealthy Brahmin Family in South India probably at the beginning of the second century C.E. He became a Buddhist monk and great philosopher who initiated the Madhyamika school, or the Middle Way, the highest Buddhist doctrine of wisdom refer-ring to the understanding of dependent origination, the relative nature of reality, and the ab-sence of absolute reality, or emptiness [sunyata].


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Measurements: 3.5 x 3.5 x 0.4 " | 8.8 x 8.9 x 0.9 cm
Price: 144 $ | 125 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
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