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Gomang Stupa Tsa Tsa [2]

Stupa of many doors

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This large ancient tsa tsa shows on a single layered lotus throne a Gomang Tchörten / Stupa with thirteen Dharma rings [Tib.: »Taschi Gomang« Chorten - Skrt. »Dharmachattra«]. The Gomang Stupa is one of the eight »Surgata« Stupas.

This stupa is also called the »Stupa of many doors«. It represents the Dharma [the teachings of the Buddha] about the way things are. Other names are »Wisdom» or »Lotos« Stupa. It was erected on the occasion of the Buddha's first teaching, »The Four Noble Truths«, which he gave at Sarnath / Varanasi.

The stupa represents the threefold rotation of the Wheel of Dharma and contains all the teachings Buddha gave. The stepped stupa is festooned with flying banners at the top.

For large stupas, the base has four levels. On each of the four sides there is a different number of doors:

  1. Four doors = Four noble truths
  2. Eight doors = Eight liberations / redemptions
  3. Twelve doors = Twelve links of dependent arising
  4. Sixteen doors = Sixteen emptinesses

Due to the size of this Tsa Tsa the steps are not depictable.

Written in Indian Kutila script on both sides of the stupa is the Buddhist ye dharma creed, expounding the Buddha’s Four Noble Truths.

The Kutila script was used from the 8th - 12th centuries. This matched with the estimation of an expert who placed this Tsa Tsa chronologically in the Yuan Dynasty 1279 -1368. This is according to the given estimation of the Tsa Tsa, however, this is not certain and can therefore not be guaranteed.

The Tsa Tsa was worked in great detail and is exceptionally well preserved for an tsa tsa of this age [probably more than 800 years]. Even in very extensive museum collections, comparable examples are rarely found.

Origin and age: Tibet 12th / 13th century - [uncertain determination]

Similar Tsa Tsa at Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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More Information regarding Stupas

Measurements: 3.6 x 2.5 x 1.4" | 9.1 x 6.4 x 3.5 cm
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
High resolution: Display [1,1 MB, 2381 x 3107 px.]