Travelling Tsa Tsa Shrine



A monk's travelling shrine. The shrine is made from two roughly made wooden frames that are hinged together with a modern steel door hinge. The exterior is painted blue and yellow along the edges, while the interior is painted red. The interior doors hold a variety of moulded clay tsa tsa or votive offering plaques. The left hand door contains seventeen plaques. The large, central plaque is trefoil shaped and contains the three beings of long life (tshe lha rnam gsum), Amitayus (upper middle), Tara (lower left) and Ushnishavijaya (lower right), inbetween the two lower figures there is a chorten or stupa, while on either side of Amitayus is the crescent moon and sun. Surrounding this central plaque are sixteen smaller plaques in a variety of shapes and sizes, including representations of Padmapani, Vajrapani, Padmasambhava, and Amitayus. The right hand door contains nineteen plaques, again there is a trefoil plaque (smaller than on the left) containing Amitayus, Tara and Ushnishavijaya, which is surrounding by eighteen smaller plaques of varying shapes and sizes that include, Padmasambhava, the Historical Buddha, Padmapani, Vajrapani and Amitayus. All of the plaques are covering in a gold paint.