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Title

Karma Pa and consort

17th century-18th century

Artist

Unknown

Tibet

  • 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
    Copyright

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Unknown

    Works in the collection

    5

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  • 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.

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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