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Bodhisattva Vajrasattva Tsa Tsa

11th - 12th century !

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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 another Avalokiteshvara Tsa Tsa clarifies this. In contrast, a Nirvana Stupa rises above Vajrasattva's left hand. In his right hand he originally held a vajra [his clear distinguishing mark]. Unfortunately, the vajra is no longer recognizable today.

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. Three beads rest in his lap.

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. He probably carried his distinctive dorje or vajra in his right hand. However, this attribute is no longer recognisable today.

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. With his right hand he should hold a dorje to his heart, which signifies his indestructible essence. 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 nearly 1000 years that have passed since its creation at least have left their traces. About half of the original border has been lost. In addition, the photo shows severe weathering. An inscription, indecipherable today, has been placed at the top of the left side. is almost unrecognisable. Based on the age of the object, it could be a script similar to the Indian »Kutila« script, which was used from the 8th to the 12th century. 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: 2.4 x 1.6 x 4.7" | 6.2 x 4.0 x 12.0 cm
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Burned Clay
Age: 11th - 12th cent.
High resolution: Display [0.5 MB, 1441 x 1662 px.]