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(Tibet  – )

Set of eighteen offering goddesses

Other titles:
Offering goddess
Location
Not on display
Further information

Painted initiation cards known as tsakali are unique to Tibet. Usually rendered in sets, the cards form mandalas (sacred diagrams) and are used as meditation aids, in transmission of teachings, in funerary rites and substitutes for ritual objects when they are difficult to obtain.

This tsakali most likely belonged to three different sets. The offering goddesses proffer music, flowers, water, incense, fruit, cloth and other substances typically used in ritual. The birth of a Buddha heralds the onset of the seven treasures: queen, minister, general, wheel, jewel, elephant and horse. The treasures symbolise faith, morality, honesty, modesty, learning, renunciation and wisdom.

Asian Art Department, AGNSW, 2008

Place of origin
Southern Tibet, Tibet
Year
19th century
Media
Painting
Medium
gouache on cotton
Dimensions
10.5 x 8.0 cm each painting
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 2000
Accession number
16.2000.a-r