Votive Plaque with a Thousand-Armed Avalokiteshvara
ca. 16th–18th century
2 1/2 x 1 5/8 in. (6.3 x 4.1 cm)
Fletcher Fund, 1938
Not on view
These small molded clay plaques (tsa tsa) moved freely across Himalayan communities. Produced a sacred centers, they were taken home by pilgrims to be venerated in shrines or given as devotional offerings at local temples and sacred places.