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Avalokiteshvara Tsa Tsa - Chen-resig Semnyid Ngalso Tsa Tsa

15th - 16th century

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This rare tsa tsa shows a special form of the two-handed Avalokiteshvara. 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 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 heavily weathered, unreadable inscription suggests a script which is similar to the Indian Kutila script used in the 8th - 12th century.

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 Tsa Tsas get some paint splashes.

Age: 15th - 16th century - possible even older


PropertyValue
Measurements: 2.2 x 2.1 x 1.2 " | 5.5 x 5.3 x 3.0 cm
Price: 226 $ | 190 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
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