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Title

Karma Pa and consort


Artist

Unknown

Tibet


About

'Tsakali' are painted 'initiation cards' unique to the Tibetan tradition. Unlike 'thangkas', these icons are images in miniature which focus on one aspect or attribute of a deity. A set of cards forms a mandala of images and is employed in various ritual situations including the transmission of teachings, as aids for meditation, in funerary rites and as substitutes for ritual objects when they are difficult to obtain. The two 'tsakalis' illustrated here are most likely from the same set. Each card is rendered in flat, primary colours, with the image composed of simple shapes outlined with fluid black lines. They have both been consecrated with the mantra of the deity inscribed on the back.

The Asian Collections, AGNSW, 2003, pg.66.


Details


Place where the work was made

Southern Tibet Tibet


Date

17th century-18th century


Media category

Painting


Materials used

gouache on cotton


Dimensions

10.5 x 9.2 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Marie-Francoise Fatton 2000


Location

Not on display


Accession number

17.2000


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

5


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Jackie Menzies (Editor), The Asian Collections Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2003, 66 (colour illus.).

P. Pal., Tibet: Tradition and Change, 'Four Miniature Paintings', Albuquerque, 1998, 195, 277. General reference; see plates 97 a-d in article by P. Pal for comparable pieces.

Pratapaditya Pal, The art of Tibet, New York, 1969, 52. General reference; see page 52 for comparable piece.