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Sacred miniatures go on display in Tibet

By Source:China Daily 2016-08-24

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A tsa-tsa, or miniature figurine, exhibited on Barkor Street in Lhasa, Tibet autonomous region, August 14, 2016.[Photo by Palden Nyima/chinadaily.com.cn]

More than 300 exquisite tsa-tsas, or miniature figurines made by Tibetan Buddhists, went on display in Lhasa's Barkor Street on Sunday.

Tsa-tsa figures are votive clay images that are deposited as offerings within stupas, holy caves and monastery altars in the Himalayas and other sacred places.

Impressions in the clay are made with a metal reverse-image engraving of a hallowed deity or sacred symbol. The stamped images are then dried in the sun and in some cases fired into pottery.

The new exhibition of tsa-tsas, called "Accumulating Sand Into Stupa", is being hosted by the Tibet Artists Association and two other cultural media companies in Lhasa.

All the works on display were contributed by Zhang Ying, a national level artist who has a collection of more than 1,000 tsa-tsas.

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