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Simhanada (Buddha)

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  • Seng ge’i nga ro
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  • Tsakli (ritual card)
  • 19th century
  • Mineral pigment
  • Height: 6,9 cm / Width: 5,6 cm / Depth: not filled
  • Collection: Leder/ Umlauff, Inv. Nr.: 34967
  • Völkerkundemuseum vPST Heidelberg
  • © Völkerkundemuseum vPST Heidelberg/ ÖAW
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Buddha Simhanada sits in deep meditation on a lotus flower. His right hand shows the gesture of giving religious instructions and his left the gesture of meditation, holding an alms-bowl. Buddha Simhanada (Tib. Seng ge’i nga ro) is said to have appeared on the leaves of the sandalwood tree that miraculously grew at the spot where blood had split from Tsongkhapa’s umbilical cord. Furthermore, there is a legend that Manjushri prophecied that Tsongkhapa will attain buddhahood as Buddha Simhanada in the Buddhist paradise of Adbhutavyuha. The consecration formula “Om ah hum” is written in black Tibetan letters on the back.
© Olaf Czaja
Simhanada (Buddha)
/ Mongolia / 19th century / © Völkerkundemuseum vPST Heidelberg/ ÖAW

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