Dharmapala Thangka CentreTibetan Antiques

Very old Vajrasattva Tsa Tsa

13th - 14th cent.

- 1 - - 2 - - 3 - Palm print on back

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

Vajrasattva, [Tibetan: rdo rje sems dpa', རྡོ་རྗེ་སེམས་དཔའ] 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 a single layered 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 and illegible inscription is the script similar to the Indian Kutila script which was used in the 8th to 12th century. This is according to the given estimation of the Tsa Tsa, however, this 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 shows typical characteristics of Ngari [West tibet] tsa tsas.

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: 200 $ | 190 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
High resolution: Display [0.5 MB, 1695 x 2101 px.]
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