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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara [Lokanatha] Tsa Tsa

13th - 14th century !

This very old Lokanatha [Avalokliteshvara, Tibetan: spyan ras gzigs, སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས] Tsa Tsa comes from the region Tsaparang, Guge, Tholing in West Tibet [about 660 miles / 1000 km west of Lhasa].

Among the early bodhisattvas depicted after the turn of time is Lokanatha, "Lord of the World". In India, he is also often referred to as Padmapani, "He Who Holds the lotus in His Hand." Usually depicted with a lotus as his most significant identifying feature, in Tibet he has become known in various forms primarily as Chenresig [Skt. Avalokiteshvara].

We see him here on an early Tibetan tsa tsa, which shows clear traces of his age, in his Lokanatha form. His depiction in the relaxed seated posture of the bodhisattva borrows from ancient Indian tradition.

From his left hand, resting loosely on the throne, sprouts a lotus flower opening over his left shoulder. Above the hand resting on his right knee, which might show the gesture of giving [Skt.: Varadamudra].

While a body aureole is missing, the head aureole is decorated with a band of large beads. To his left and right we see an indecipherable Tibetan inscription. It seems to contain characters of the Kutila script as well as Tibetan. This script was used in the 8th to 12th century. This is according to the given estimation of the Tsa Tsa, however, this is not certain and can therefore not be guaranteed.

His leg dress is patterned and fits tightly, his head is surrounded by a nimbus of pearls.

Age & Origin: Western Tibet, Tsanda-District [rtsa mda'], Ngari Province, appr. 13th - 14th century

Source: TSHA-TSHA. Votive tablets from the Buddhist cultural area.
Collection Christian H. Lutz

Measurements: 2.3 x 2.2 x 1" | 5.8 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm
Price: 237 $ | 225 €
High resolution: Display [0.6 MB, 2376 x 2678 px.]
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
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