Kalachakra with Shakti
Object Place: Tibet
132 x 77.5 cm (51 15/16 x 30 1/2 in.)
Medium or Technique
Distemper and gold on cotton mounted with silk brocades, dust cover, and wood dowels
Not On View
Painting in hanging scroll (thangka) format, with streamers, veil and decorative stitched borders.
Kalachakra with Shakti engulfed in flames. Surrounding them in a landscape of mountains, rocks, and foliage, are scenes of ten Mahasiddhas. Below the central deities, within a circle of rainbows, is seated a Mahasiddha who holds a chopper (?) in his raised right hand and a skull cup in his left hand. On reverse, three handprints in red ink(?) as well as the imprints of two tasseled cords.
On obverse: brief Tibetan inscriptions, in gold paint, identifying Mahasiddha figures (to be translated).
By 1918, Hervey E. Wetzel (b. 1888 - d. 1918), Boston; 1918, by inheritance from her cousin, Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine, Chicago [see note 1]; 1919, gift of Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine, residuary legatee under the will of Hervey E. Wetzel, to the MFA. (Accession date: March 31, 1919)
 See Wetzel's will of November 8, 1918.
Gift of Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine, residuary legatee under the will of Hervey E. Wetzel