Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Miscellaneous - Tsagli (initiation cards)

པར་ཤིང་སྣང་བརྙན། སྣ་ཚོགས། 版画 (多种)
(item no. 289)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1400 - 1499
Lineages Nyingma
Size 50.80x68.58cm (20x27in)
Material Ground Mineral Pigment on Cotton
Collection Rubin Museum of Art
Catalogue # acc.# F1997.19.1
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Object/Concept

Interpretation / Description

Tsagli (English: Initiation Cards): used as representations during the formal bestowing of a tantric meditation practice (initiation), along with lineage teachers such as Terton Karma Lingpa.

24 cards depict various peaceful and wrathful deities. 5 cards depict lineage teachers and 1 card shows a standing Buddha figure. Each card has an inscription on the front.

Jeff Watt 2-2000

Reverse of Painting
Special Features: (includes "Om Ah Hum" inscription)

Secondary Images
Related Items
Exhibition Appearances
Exhibition: Female Buddhas at RMA

Thematic Sets
Collection of Rubin Museum of Art: Painting Gallery 2
Subject: Bardo Paintings & Illustrations (Shitro)
Initiation Cards: Miscellaneous (Various Collections)