12. Tsakli Painting (Initiation Image) Depicting A Seated Female Deity
circa 17th Century
Ink and mineral pigment on prepared cloth
Dimensions: 3 3/4" x 4 5/8" ( 9 x 11.5 cm)
Within a radiant nimbus and floating on a pink lotus throne within a clear blue sky, the sweet-faced, smiling deity extends her right hand in the gesture of wish-granting, while holding the stem of a full blown lotus flower at her shoulder. In her left hand she holds a bell. She sits with her ankles crossed, her celestial scarf undlating around her ina gentle breeze. On the ground below her are a group of precious objects, an offering to the goddess. A small inscription to the reverse.