Dharmapala Thangka CentreTibetan Antiques

Avalokiteshvara Tsa Tsa

11th - 12th Century

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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 and illegible inscription is the script similar to the Indian Kutila script which was used in the 8th to 12th century. This is according to the given estimation of the Tsa Tsa, however, this is not certain and can therefore not be guaranteed.

This Tsa Tsa is an unusually thick example. This becomes clear when the depth [1.2 inches | 3.0 cm] is compared with its height [2.2 inches | 5.5 cm]. The depth is more than half of the height of the Tsa Tsa. In the past, Tsa Tsas were often made thicker to avoid breakage and to increase stability. Over the centuries the manufacturing process was improved so they could be made thinner but with the same stability.

Measurements: 2.2 x 2.1 x 1.2" | 5.5 x 5.3 x 3.0 cm
Price: 204 $ | 190 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
High resolution: Display [0.5 MB, 1740 x 1788 px.]
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