Initiation cards "Tsa ka li"
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ABM 001

 Code: ABM 001

  Country: Tibet

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  Date: 1150 - 1250

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 17.5 x 20.5

  Materials: Distemper on paper

Initiation cards known as “Tsa ka li” («tsakli») of the Tibetan rNying ma («nyingma») tradition 

According to the inscriptions these initiation card were made according to the teachings of Nyang ral Nyi ma ’od zer («nyangrel nyima özer») (1124?-1192?), a famous gter ston («tertön») or discoverers of hidden gTer ma («terma»). 

Compare: Bazin, Nathalie (ed.). Rituels tibétains: Visions secrètes du Ve Dalaï Lama, (Paris: Réunion des Musées Nationaux, 2002), p. 133, no. 82.