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. His second chracteristic attribute [a palm-leaf manuscript resting on a lotus in his left] is present.
This is a sure indication of the extraordinarily old age of this piece. It is at least 700 years old, making it an extremely rare.
The arched circulating band of script with Tibetan letters is presumably a mantra assigned to it.
Mañjushrî's name translated from Sanskrit means «the one of lovely beauty». Mañjushrî is the Bodhisattva of wisdom and literature. He is easily normally recognized even by the layman by his sword of knowledge in his right hand and the Tibetan book regularly depicted to his left resting on lotus flowers.
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:||276 $ | 240 €|
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