Tsakli (Tibetan initiation cards)
We have two new pages of tsaklis:
To read more about tsaklis there is an
article on tsaklis
on the Asian Arts web site.
For more images
the Himalayan Art Project
in New York is presently putting a large research collection on-line including
several collections of
(or "tsagli" as they spell the word).
The Metropolitan Museum in also now showing a group of very early
(tsakali is their spelling) among their new asquisitions.
Tsaklis are small cards of layered stiffened handmade paper or of sized cloth,
painted on one side and often with a Tibetan syllable, word, line, or several
lines of calligraphy on the reverse. They are assembled into sets and depict
specific deities and symbols associated with rituals practiced in Tibetan
Buddhism. The rituals may include empowerment ceremonies, transmission of
teachings, and funerals and the cards usages may be as substitutes for
ceremonial items or as visualization aids.
Himalayan Antiques has assembled a large collection of tsaklis including many
difficult to find high quality cards comparable to the one below.