Dharmapala Thangka CentreTibetan Antiques

Very old Vajrasattva Tsa Tsa

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This ancient Tsa Tsa reflects the Buddha Vajrasattva. He is a very important deity in Tibetan Buddhism. The Vajrasattva represents the purity of the mind.

Vajrasattva, [Dorje sempa] is a supreme Buddhist deity who embodies purity and enlightenment of the mind. Vajrasttva also means "Diamond Being" in Sanskrit. In Vajrayana Buddhism, Vajrasattva represents the principle of purity and purification. Vajrasattva embodies the capacity to eliminate spiritual impurities of all kinds, particularly neglected commitments toward one's teacher and one's own spiritual development.

Vajrasattva is also a manifestation of sambhogakaya. He unifies all the five buddha-families within himself in the same way that the white colour of his body unifies all the five colors. With his right hand he holds a Dorje to his heart, which signifies his indestructible essence. His left hand, holds a bell, rests on his hip; this is an expression of his compassion. The hundred syllable mantra associated with him is used in every school and monasteries of Tibetan Buddhism for purification of the mind.

He is depicted sitting on a lotus throne in his typical sitting posture and gestures [vajra in the right hand, ghanta bell in the left]. Likewise, a small stupa can also be seen to his right.

The heavily weathered, illegible inscription on the left side suggests a script similar to the Indian Kutila script used from the 8th - 12th centuries. This can roughly show the date of an expert who placed this Tsa Tsa chronologically in the Yuan Dynasty approximately in the year between 1279 - 1368. However, the exact date is not certain and can therefore not be guaranteed.

Originally, the surface of the Tsa Tsas was very finely structured. Due to age, this is now unfortunately only visible on the thighs and chest [necklace] of Vajrasattva.

This Tsa Tsa was consecrated - Details ...

Age: Yuan Dynasty 1279 - 1368 [uncertain determination]

Measurements: 2.1 x 1.6 x 0.6 " | 5.4 x 4.1 x 1.5 cm
Price: 218 $ | 190 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
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