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Buddha Akshobhya Tsa Tsa [4]

Front Side Side View 1 Side View 2 Corner with seed sillable Right hand with Dorje an elephant below Two elephants below his throne back

This small square Tsa Tsa shows Buddha Akshobhya [Tibetan: མི་བསྐྱོད་པ - mi bskyod pa] on a single layered lotus throne on which the two elephants assigned to him are depicted. To the left of him inside an arch Tibetan characters are visible. Presumably this is the mantra associated with it. No more characters are visible within the right side of the arc.

Seed Syllables

Seed Syllable HUNG

In the four corners different germ syllables are shown. Clearly visible are »Ah« in the lower left, »Om« in the upper left, and a »Tha« in the lower right. Its assigned seed syllable is »Hung« [illustration left]. Presumably this syllable is shown in the lower right corner. This syllable is pretty much also found on his upper body above the belt.

Akshobhya is second Tathagata [Dhyani] Buddha. He is represented seated, like other Thatagata-Buddhas, with legs locked and feet apparent [lotus posture]. His left hand lies on his lap in meditation mudra [posture]. His right touches the earth with the tips of the outstretched fingers, the palm turned inward.

This is called bhumisparsa or witness mudra, and is the same pose of the hands that of the historic Buddha Sakyamuni, when representing his invoking the Earth to bear witness that he had resisted the temptation of the Evil Mara.

In his left hand he holds horizontally the symbol of the dorje / vajra assigned to him in Tibetan iconography. This is relatively unusual, because normally he holds this symbol upright in his left hand. Akshobhya wears a small crown. This is also extremely rare, because usually this Buddha is depicted with an Ushnisha [An elevation at the back of the Buddha's head. It symbolizes his wisdom and openness as an enlightened being].

The closing of the Budha is a typical Ngari style in the 12th century with rich an fine decoration. However, this high age is very unlikely due to the good state of preservation. Probably a determination to the late 19th or early 20th century is more accurate.

Measurements: 2.4 x 2.3 x 0.9" | 6.0 x 5.8 x 2.3 cm
Price: 74 $ | 70 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
Age: Early 20th cent.
High resolution: Display [0.6 MB, 2024 x 2073 px.]
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