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Kalachakra with Shakti

Tibetan
18th–19th century


Object Place: Tibet

Dimensions

132 x 77.5 cm (51 15/16 x 30 1/2 in.)

Accession Number

19.663

Medium or Technique

Distemper and gold on cotton mounted with silk brocades, dust cover, and wood dowels

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Paintings

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.

Inscription

On obverse: brief Tibetan inscriptions, in gold paint, identifying Mahasiddha figures (to be translated).

Provenance

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)

Notes:
[1] See Wetzel's will of November 8, 1918.

Credit Line

Gift of Mrs. Albertine W. F. Valentine, residuary legatee under the will of Hervey E. Wetzel