Global Art & Artifacts

Tsa Tsa Tablet.  Fragment.  Terracotta.  Vajrayana Buddhist.  Tibet

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Tsa Tsa, a form of Tibetan Buddhist art, has been around for centuries.  A metal mold is made containing the hollowed, reversed image of a deity, stupa or other sacred symbol.  Clay is applied to the mold and left to harden.


Making tsa tsa’s is one of the five primary practices in Vajrayana Buddhism.  All these practices employ methods to eliminate obstacles, purify the negative and create a positive energy.


Creating a positive energy is done by making a consecrated tsa tsas.  Students of Buddhism often commit to making 100,000 tsa tsas in their lifetime.


Tsa Tsas are often placed on altars, shrines, inside stupas and in prayer wheel niches.  They are thought to represent the body of Buddha thereby granting blessings and protection in an area where they are placed.


Rare indeed!  My agent assures me that this 200- 400 year old fragment was found/excavated within the 10th Century Tholing Monastery, in western (Tibet Autonomous Region) Tibet.  Just to hold it in my hand brings shivers!


The corner of this Tsa Tsa is quite detailed and worthy of a prominent spot on your desk or shelf.


For the Serious Collector of sacred items.  Stand not included.



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