Dharmapala Thangka CentreTibetan Antiques

Vajrasattva Tsa Tsa [4]

10th - 11th century !

Front Side Side View 1 Side View 2 Stupa Dorje / Vajra Palm print on back

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At first glance, one might assume that the present Tsa Tsa is the Bodhisattva Avalokiteshvara, as his depiction has numerous similarities. The crucial difference between the two is his attribute in the left hand.

In the case of Avalokiteshvara, this would have to be a lotus blossom whose tall stem sprouts from his left hand. A comparison with this Avalokiteshvara Tsa Tsa clarifies this. In contrast, a Nirvana Stupa rises above Vajrasattva's left hand. In his right hand he held a vajra [his clear distinguishing mark].

Vajrasattva is seated on a single layered lotus throne in the flexible pose of of »Rajalilasana«, or »royal ease« with one leg raised and arm casually draped [a typical bodhisattva sitting position]. His left hand, holding the lotus above his shoulder, is relaxed behind his bent left leg. The typical, only slightly accentuated posture supports the casual aura.

Above the hand resting on his right knee is a tall nirvana stupa depicted. This stupa is a fairly certain indication of its great age. On tsa tsa of younger date this symbol is not found. The inscription on the left suggests a script similar to the Indian »Kutila« script used from the 8th to the 12th century. Three beads rest in his lap. With the right [= male] hand he holds the thunderbolt sceptre [»vajra«] in front of his chest, which signifies his indestructible essence. The left [= female] hand rests on his thigh and holds the bell [Sanskrit: »ghanta«, Tib.: »dril bu«] turned inwards.

Vajrasattva, [Tibetan.: »dorje sempa« རྡོ་རྗེ་སེམས་དཔའ།] is a supreme Buddhist deity who embodies the purity of the enlightened mind. Vajrasttva means »Diamond Being« in Sanskrit. In Vajrayana Buddhism, the principle of purity and purification. Vajrasattva embodies the capacity to eliminate spiritual impurities of all kinds, particularly neglected commitments toward one's teacher and one's own spiritual development.

Vajrasattva is a sambhogakaya manifestation; he unifes all the five buddha-families within himself in the same way that the white colour of his body unifies all the five colors. His left hand, holds a bell [»ghanta«], rests on his hip; this is an expression of his compassion. The hundred syllable mantra associated with him is used in all schools of Tibetan Buddhism for purification of the mind.

The 1000 years that have almost passed since its creation have left only a few traces. Only a few parts of the rim on the upper left are missing. Overall, however, the Tsa Tsa in its present form has a strong antique appearance and an authentic patina.

Comparisation with another Vajrasattva Tsa Tsa

Measurements: 2.6 x 2.1 x 1.1" | 6.5 x 5.3 x 2.8 cm
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
Age: 10th - 11th cent.
High resolution: Display [1.0 MB, 2658 x 3321 px.]