An image of Karma Pa and consort


(Tibet  – )

Karma Pa and consort

Not on display
Further information

'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.

Place of origin
Southern Tibet, Tibet
17th century-18th century
gouache on cotton
10.5 x 9.2 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Marie-Francoise Fatton 2000
Accession number
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