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Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara [Lokanatha] Tsa Tsa

11th - 12th century !

This massiv very old Lokanatha [Avalokiteshvara, Tibetan: spyan ras gzigs, སྤྱན་རས་གཟིགས] Tsa Tsa comes from the Tsaparang region in the western Tibetan kingdom of Guge [about 660 miles / 1000 km west of Lhasa]. He is seated in a »relaxed posture« [Lalitasana] on a single-layered lotus throne. His depiction borrows from ancient Indian tradition. The key characteristics of this iconographic form are the vertical length of the left leg turned and flat - horizontal to the seat. The right leg is partially folded with the knee raised and the foot squarely planted with the sole of the foot pressing on the seat. The right hand or elbow rests on the knee.

The inscription is probably a variant of the Nagari script, in which Sanskrit was written. The high and broad edge of the tsa tsa, which is typical for the pieces of the Western Tibetan region from the time around the turn of the millennium, is striking, but rarely so well preserved. Accordingly, the age should be able to be dated to the 11th - 12th century. The excellent state of preservation is probably due to the fact that it was kept inside a stupa and thus not exposed to the weather. In addition, the deep seal imprint was protected from external damage by the broad edge of the Tsa Tsa.

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«].

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 plastic band of large beads. »Lokanatha« sits on a single layered lotus throne. From his left hand, which is supported on the throne, a lotus flower emerges, which opens over his left shoulder. His hand lying on his right knee shows the gesture of giving [»Varadamudra«]. His head is surrounded by a nimbus of pearls and his leg dress is patterned and fits tightly.

Status report:
The Tsa Tsa is exceptionally well preserved. Only on the nose there is a small damaged area.

Measurements: 2.9 x 2.9 x 1.6" | 7.3 x 7.4 x 4.0 cm
Price: 342 $ | 325 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
Age: 11th - 12th century !
High resolution: Display [0.2 MB, 1194 x 1173 px.]
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