Dharmapala Thangka CentreTibetan Antiques

Avalokiteshvara Tsa Tsa

Chenresig Semnyid Ngalso

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This rare tsa tsa shows a special form of the two-handed Avalokiteshvara [Tibetan: spyan ras gzigs, སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས] sitting a single layered lotus throne. In translation of Sanskrit, this form is called »Chen-resig Semnyid Ngalso» [The Chenresig dwelling in a relaxed state of mind] by the Tibetans.

The Bodhisattva is sitting in a relaxed sitting posture with the left [Skt. «Ardhaparyangka»] leg hanging loosely down on a single layered lotus throne. To the right of him a Stupa is shown.

In the right hand he is wearing a vajra / dorje. He rests his left hand relaxed behind his left bent leg. The typical, only slightly accentuated posture supports the casual charisma.

The vajra / dorje in the right hand does not really fit into a Chenresig representation. It is therefore also possible that the representation is of the Hindu deity Indra. However, there are always local deviations from the Tibetan iconography, which in this case could justify the original bodhisattva identification as correct.

The bright spots of colour are an indication that the Tsa Tsa was originally located on a stupa. When the white paint is renewed regularly, it is often unavoidable that the laid down Tsaas get some paint splashes.

The heavily weathered, illegible inscription on the left side suggests a script similar to the Indian Kutila script used from the 8th - 12th centuries. This would fit the estimate of an expert who placed this Tsa Tsa chronologically in the Yuan Dynasty 1279 - 1368. As with almost all temporal estimates of Tsa Tsas, however, this is not certain and can therefore not be guaranteed.

Origin and Age: Tibet 12th / 13th century - [uncertain determination]

Measurements: 2.2 x 2.1 x 1.2 " | 5.5 x 5.3 x 3.0 cm
Price: 213 $ | 190 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
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