Dharmapala Thangka CentreTibetan Antiques

Tathagata Buddha Akshobhya

Large Painted Tsa Tsa

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Akshobhya [Tibetan: མི་བསྐྱོད་པ - mi bskyod pa,] is one of the Five Tathagata Buddhas, who represents consciousness as an aspect of reality. He is located in the east of the Diamond Realm and is the lord of the Eastern Pure Land Abhirati.

Akshobhya is second Thatagata [Dhyani] Buddha. He is seated, like other Thatagata-Buddhas, with both legs locked whic is also known as the (lotus posture]. On this Tsa Tsas he sits on a double lotus throne. His left hand is placed on his lap in meditation mudra [posture]. His right hand touches the earth with the tips of the outstretched fingers and the palm is turned inward.

This is called bhumisparsa or witness mudra, and is the same pose of the hands that is similar to one of the manifestation of the historic Buddha Shakyamuni.

In his left hand he holds a Dorje / Vajra vertically. [his symbol in Tibetan iconography].

The Tsa Tsa with 6.4 inches / 16 cm above average size naturally attracts the viewer. Likewise, the depicted Akshobhya has a very strong positive charisma. Other Buddha representations on Tsa Tsas, on the other hand, almost looks like reality.

It is extremely finely painted, especially the face is very detailed. The eyes, nose and mouth are perfectly sculpted. Face, body, arms and the halo were cold gilded. With the exception of the halo, the gilding is still well preserved today. The state of preservation is excellent, only the tip of the nose is slightly chipped. There are some small paint chips on the outer edge and on the back.

The colors were probably originally more contrasting. The age of the Tsa Tsa is evident from the loss of color intensity, which at the same time has also given it a special patina.

Such large Tsa Tsas were not placed in caves, nor did they serve as fillings for stupas. It is probably found a place on the altar of a Tibetan monastery or stood in a house shrine of a wealthy private household.

Age: Prob. 19th cent.

Measurements: 6.5 x 5 x 1.4 " | 16.5 x 12.8 x 3.6 cm
Price: on request
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
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