Votive plaque (tsa-tsas) of Aksobkya

Historical period(s)
11th-13th century
Terracotta with pigment
H x W x D: 7.3 x 5.5 x 2.5 cm (2 7/8 x 2 3/16 x 1 in)
Tibet, Shalu monastery
Credit Line
Anonymous gift
Arthur M. Sackler Collection
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Ceramic, Ceremonial Object

Relief plaque

Akshobhya Buddha, bhumisparsha mudra, Buddhism, mandorla, Tibet

Found in Gosum chapel, Shalu monastery, south central Tibet. [1]

From 2001 to 2002
Private collector, acquired from the Gosum chapel of Shalu monastery in South Central Tibet. [2]

From 2002
Arthur M. Sackler Gallery, gift of a private collector in 2002. [3]


[1] In October 2001 the donor found the votive plaque (tsa-tsas) within rubble that had been temporarily removed from the Gosum chapel of Shalu monastery in south central Tibet. At that time, the monks were in the process of restoring the chapel's interior, which had been damaged after 1959. The monks had gathered together the debris, which they understood to retain a sacred charge, and were about to insert it into the base of benches lining the interior of the restored chapel. The Shalu monks gave the donor permission to take some of the debris to the United States for donation to a museum or monastery. The donor selected this tsa-tsas and offered it to the Arthur M. Sackler Gallery. See Curatorial Remark 1 in the object record. See also Provenance Remark 1 in the object record.

[2] See note 1.

[3] See Deed of Gift, object file, Collections Management Office.

Previous Owner(s) and Custodian(s)

Dr. Mary Shepherd Slusser American, 1918-2017

Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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