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Milarepa Tsa Tsa [2]

- 1 - - 2 - -3 - Detail A Student of Milarepa Back

This ancient Tsa Tsa shows the Tibetan saint Milarepa in a meditation cave with a bowl and trident, probably a tantric form. Above Milarepa three mountains can be seen. The formations to the left and right of him are obviously meant to represent a rocky mountain range considered to be rugged.In the lower left corner, [somewhat difficult to discern] one of his disciples can be seen making a gesture of veneration. In front of him is a table with offerings. To the right of the student [still difficult to recognize] a sheep and a tiger are represented. Both listen peacefully to the teachings of Milarepa

The Back shows an unusual circular seal. Due to age, the outer edge is unfortunately no longer visible. In the center, however, the Tibetan mantra letter "Ah" is clearly identifiable.

Milarepa [Tibetan: rje btsun mi la ras pa - * 1040 † 1123] was a Tibetan siddha, who was famously known as a murderer when he was a young man, before turning to Buddhism and becoming a highly accomplished Buddhist disciple.

He is generally considered one of Tibet's most famous yogis and spiritual poets, whose teachings are known among several schools of Tibetan Buddhism.

He was a student of Marpa Lotsawa, and a major figure in the history of the Kagyu school of Tibetan Buddhism. He is also famous for the feat of climbing Mount Kailash.

On depictions Milarepa is easy to identify. His right hand is raised to the ear. The meaning of this gesture is explained quite differently. Some authors think that it "represents the posture in which he recites his chants of realization" [Batchelor, 1987, p. 420]. Others say "that it may indicate how he listened to the sounds of nature, or allude to his use of secret oral teachings that were not written down but passed on orally from master to disciple" [Fisher, 1974, p. 26].

The Tsa Tsa was originally extraordinarily fine. You can see this well in Milarepa's upper body, because here you can see fine details of his clothing. The Tsa Tsa has a strong three-dimensionality. It was obviously worn for many years in the owner's clothing and has been touched countless times. The most raised parts, such as the three mountains and Milarepa's head, have been somewhat rubbed off in the course of time, so that the original subtleties are no longer visible.

Milarepa Tsa Tsas are very rare. With the exception of Buddha Shakyamuni, Tsa Tsas with images of historical personages are also hard to find.

Age: Probably 19th cent., maybe older

Measurements: 2.8 x 2.2 x 0.6 " | 7.0 x 5.5 x 1.5 cm
Price: 213 $ | 185 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
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