Initiation Card with Bell
- c. 1600
- Pigment and gold on paper
- 5-1/2 x 4-1/4 in. (14.0 x 10.8 cm)
- Credit Line:
- Norton Simon Museum, Gift of Pratap and Chitra Pal
- Accession Number:
- © Norton Simon Museum
Initiation cards or tsakali are miniature paintings used in Tibetan Buddhist rituals to consecrate a temple or to give an initiation. Tsakali cards typically come in large sets numbering as many as 100. This card displayed no doubt came from such a set.
Cards of esteemed teachers or Lamas and ceremonial objects such as this bell could be used in a number of ritual situations such as the transmission of teachings, substitutes for ceremonial items and facilitating visualizations.
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