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Bodhisattva Lokeshvara Tsa Tsa

11th - 12th cent.

Front Side Side View 1 Side View 2 Detail 1: Stupa Detail 2: Lotus Palm print on back

This very old Avalokiteshvarea [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].

Avalokiteshvarea sits on a single layered lotus throne. He belongs to the early Bodhisattvas. As a rule he is depicted with a lotus as his most important distinguishing feature. His Tibetan name is Tshenresik, in Sanskrit Avalokiteshvara. This very early Tsa Tsa [12th - 14th century] shows him in his form as Lokeshvara. His depiction in the relaxed sitting position [Lilasana] is based on the ancient Indian tradition.

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 granting wishes or mercy [Varadamudra].

To the left of it is a stupa in the form of the nirvana stupa.

The Tibetan characters that frame him in the shape of an arch are barely decipherable. Presumably, it is his mantra.

The Tsa Tsa was probably repainted in more recent times.

This Tsa Tsa was consecrated. Details ...

Origin: Western Tibet - 11th - 12th century

Measurements: 2.6 x 2.4 x 1" | 6,5 x 6,0 x 2,5 cm
Price: 200 $ | 190 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
High resolution: Display [0.3 MB, 1135 x 1200 px.]
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