Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Kalachakra (Buddhist Deity)

དུས་འཁོར། ནང་ལྷ། 时轮(佛教)
(item no. 99083)
Origin Location China
Date Range 1600 - 1699
Size 69x46.50cm (27.17x18.31in)
Material Ground: Textile Image, Embroidery
Collection Private
Catalogue # Tibet Museum, Lhasa
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Deity

Interpretation / Description

Kalachakra Mantra Monogram (Tibetan: nam chu wang den), ten syllables combined as one, written in a highly stylized and ornate Ranjana script.

Jeff Watt 5-2005


This example of Chinese textile art, in a Himalayan style, depicts an abstract Buddhist emblem. The symbol is composed of ten letters that make up the short Kalachakra mantra. This embodiment of Kalachakra, as visual sound, is often used as a decorative element in Tibet, where it can be found placed over doorways or at the beginning of books. (Text courtesy of the Rubin Museum of Art, June 2005).

Secondary Images
Related Items
Exhibition Appearances
Exhibition: Tibet, Treasures from the Roof of the World

Publications
Publication: Bod kyi thangka

Thematic Sets
Buddhist Deity: Kalachakra Main Page
Subject: Ten Syllable Kalachakra Mantra
Textile: Masterworks