Dharmapala Thangka CentreTibetan Antiques

Very old Vajrakilaya Tsa Tsa

11th - 12th cent.

Vajrakilaya [Tib. རྡོ་རྗེ་གཞོན་ནུ་ - Dorje Shönnu] is a Heruka archetype deity with three faces and six arms. He is also known as Vajrakila and Vajrakumara. He is the deity of the magic phurba dagger. The phurba is used in Lamaist Buddhism during rites to exorcise evil influences. Based on a tent peg, the ritual weapon is employed to pin down demons harmful to Buddhist thought in the process of taming and teaching them.

Vajrakilaya is a wrathful form of the Cosmic Buddha Vajrasattva, a purifying force who valiantly tramples obstacles on the path to enlightenment.

His name reflects the power of buddha-wisdom to transfix the destructive self-habbit of ignorant beings.

Vajrakilaya is depicted here with three heads, six arms and four legs [the back two are mostly covered].

He holds a vajra in each of his two left hands and a trident in each of his two right hands. His symbol of the Phurbu dagger is embraced with the two lower right and left hands.

The representation of Vajrakilaya on this Tsa Tsa is an ancient form that is no longer found in Tibet after the 12th century. In this respect there is no doubt about the high age of the Tsa Tsas.

This Tsa Tsa is an unusually thick example. This becomes clear when the depth [1.2 inches | 3.1 cm] is compared with its height [2.4 inches | 6.2 cm]. The depth is exactly half of the height of the Tsa Tsa. In the past, Tsa Tsas were often made thicker to avoid breakage and to increase stability. Over the centuries the manufacturing process was improved so they could be made thinner but with the same stability.

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

Measurements: 2.4 x 2.2 x 1.2" | 6.2 x 5.6 x 3.1 cm
Price: 196 $ | 190 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
High resolution: Display [0.5 MB, 1302 x 1412 px.]
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