Dharmapala Thangka CentreTibetan Antiques

Gomang Stupa Tsa Tsa

Stupa of many doors

1 2 3 4

This ancient Tsa Tsa shows a Gomang Tchörten / Stupa with thirteen Dharma rings [Tib.: «Taschi Gomang» Chorten - Skrt. «Dharmachattra»]. The Gomang Stupa is one of the eight «Surgata» Stupas.

This stupa is also called the «Stupa of many doors». It represents the Dharma, the teachings of the Buddha about the way things are. Other names are «Wisdom» or «Lotos» Stupa. It was erected on the occasion of the Buddha's first teaching, «The Four Noble Truths», which he gave at Sarnath / Varanasi.

The stupa represents the threefold rotation of the Wheel of Dharma and contains all the teachings Buddha gave.

All four levels of the base have a band of small doors:

  1. Four doors = Four noble truths
  2. Eight doors = Acht liberations / redemptions
  3. Twelve doors = Twelve links of dependent arising
  4. Sixteen doors = Sixteen emptinesses

The heavily weathered, illegible inscription 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 x 1.8 x 1.2 " | 5.00 x 4.5 x 3.0 cm
Price: 224 $ | 190 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Dark Clay
Download: High resolution [1.5 MB, 1707 x 1890 px.]
Inquiry / Order