Tsa Tsas are relief style imprints, made from a mixture of clay and precious jew-el-substance in molds of metal, potter's clay or wood.
The ashes or remaining bones of deceased masters are added to the clay for an extra blessing. Before the Tsa Tsas are to be used to fill a stupa, they are baked or allowed to dry in the open air and sometimes, painted with mineral pigments.
Traditionally in Tibet, tsa tsas were placed inside caves in the Himalayan mountains or inside the stupas. But special Tsa Tsas were also found in monastic devotional rooms and on private home altars
Throughout the centuries, the various traditions diversified Tsa Tsas into hun-dreds of different forms and sizes.
At present you will find 64 different Tsa Tsas here. Some of them can be found frequently, others in pretty scarce numbers. It is quite common that centuries-old Tsa Tsas completely or partially lost their original ornamental painting. Overtime these specimen, therefore have frequently developed a very interesting patina.