11. A Tsakli Painting (Initiation Image) Depicting A Bardo Deity
circa 17th Century
Ink and mineral pigment on prepared card
Dimensions: 4 5/8" x 3 7/8" (9.5 x 12 cm)
Within an elongated nimbus a fierce red bodied khyung-headed bardo deity (after death deity - the bardo is the 49 day state between death and rebirth, such deities are encountered whilst in that state) dances on her right leg, her left upraised near her body. She wears a flayed human skin, a leopard skin dhoti and bone ornaments. In her right hand she carries a club. Extensive text in several different hands to the reverse, including some red highlight.