Dharmapala Thangka CentreTibetan Antiques

Very old Bodhisattva Manjushri Tsa Tsa

11th - 12th cent.

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This very old Tsa Tsa it shows the Bodhisattva of Wisdom Mañjushrî [Tibetan: འཇམ་དཔལ་དབྱངས། - 'jam dpal dbyang].

Normally Mañjushrî is always shown with the flaming »Sword of Knowledge« in his right hand. In the very early illustrations [before the 13th century] this is not the case - as with this Tsa Tsa. This is a sure indication of the extraordinarily old age of this piece. The age of the piece makes it extremely rare, and valuabl. It is at least 800 years old !

His second chracteristic attribute [a book resting on a lotus in his left hand] is present. The identification of Mañjushrî is undoubtedly certain.

The arched circulating band of script with Tibetan letters is presumably a mantra assigned to it. The original text is no longer completely preserved due to age.

Mañjushrî's name translated from Sanskrit means »the one of lovely beauty«. Mañjushrî is the Bodhisattva of wisdom and literature. He is the Lord of Wisdom and gives inspiration and eloquence to those who seek to make the Buddha's teachings known to the world. As the patron of scholars and students and the lord of the sciences, especially grammar, he opens the understanding of the scriptures to those who invoke him and gives them power of knowledge and memory.

Age: probably 11th to 12th cent. - Ming Dynasty

Measurements: 3.5 x 2.8 x 1.4" | 9.0 x 7.2 x 3.5 cm
Price: 247 $ | 240 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
High resolution: Display [0.4 MB, 1320 x 1344 px.]
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