This tsa tsa it shows a standing manifestation of the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara [Tibetan: spyan ras gzigs, སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས] on a small single layered lotus throne. It portraits him with eleven faces. Ten of his faces indicates his attainment of the ten Bodhisattva stages, with the eleventh face, the fave od Amitabha, inicating his being ther incarnation od the iniversal compassion of all Buddhas. The ten faces may also stand for his looking after beeings throughout the ten directins of space, the eleventh face representing the all-encompassing Buddha wisdom.
Avalokiteshvara is the archangelic Bodhisattva of Great Compassion. His vast vows to save all beings are said by the texts to be inconceivable. With his special mantra, OM MANI PADME HUM ["Hail the lewel in rhe lotus!"], he travels to all realms of the universe in his tireless quest to deliver beings from suffering. In one of his special sutras, the Jewel-Casket Array [Karandavyuha], he actually descends to the hells of Yama. From the fingers of his thousand arms [different manifestation], magic waters flowed and cooIed the flames of the molten iron realm.
The white colour covering the tsa tsa's surface clearly indicates that it has been placed at the bottom of a Chorten/Stupa in the past. Chortens have persistently been exposed to any weather condition and have therefore been regularly painted white. This very paint frequently covered these tsa tsas placed at the Chortens' base.
The reverse side has a lattice-shaped imprint of a very coarse gauze. This suggests that it was reinforced with cotton immediately after pressing.
|1.4 x 1.4 x 0.3" | 3.5 x 3.5 x 0.8 cm
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