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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara [Lokeshvara Tsa Tsa]

12th - 14th century !

Front Side Side View 1 Side View 2 Detail 1: Stupa Detail 2: Lotus Flower Back

This very old Avalokliteshvara [Tibetan: spyan ras gzigs, སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས] Tsa Tsa comes from the region Tsaparang, Guge, Tholing in West Tibet [about 660 miles / 1000 km west of Lhasa].

Among the early bodhisattvas depicted after the turn of time is Lokeshvara, "Lord of the World". In India, he is also often referred to as Padmapani, "He Who Holds the Lotus in His Hand." Usually depicted with a lotus as his most significant identifying feature, in Tibet he has become known in various forms primarily as Chenresig [Skt. Avalokiteshvara]. We see him here on an early Tibetan tsha-tsha, which shows clear traces of his age, in his Lokeshvara form.254 His depiction in the relaxed seated posture of the bodhisattva borrows from ancient Indian tradition.

In the middle leaf of his triple diadem he carries as emanation of the Buddha Amitabha its representation. From his left hand, resting loosely on the throne, sprouts a lotus flower opening over his left shoulder. Above the hand resting on his right knee, which might show the gesture of giving [Skt.: Varadamudra] a stupa in the form of the Nirvanastupa is placed.

While a body aureole is missing, the head aureole is decorated with a plastic band of large beads. The inscription, which I cannot decipher, seems to contain characters of the Kutila script as well as Tibetan.

Lokeshvara sits on a single lotus throne. From his left hand, which is supported on the throne, a lotus flower emerges, which opens over his left shoulder. His hand lying on his right knee shows the gesture of giving [Varadamudra]. To the left of it is a stupa in the form of a nirvana stupa. A head aureole is decorated with a plastic band of large pearls. To his left and right we see an indecipherable Tibetan inscription.

Origin: Western Tibet, appr. 12th - 14th century

Source: TSHA-TSHA. Votive tablets from the Buddhist cultural area.
Collection Christian H. Lutz

Measurements: 2.8 x 2.4 x 0.4 " | 7.0 x 6.0 x 1.0 cm
Price: 259 $ | 225 €
Download: High resolution [0.6 MB, 2376 x 2678 px.]
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
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