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Here you will find antique Tsakli paintings or initiation cards from Tibet. This category also includes miniature paintings from Mongolia that were designed to be housed in a portable shrine or an amulet known more widely as a gau . They are similar in appearance to Tibetan thangkas or Tsakli initiation cards but they should be recognised as a unique form of Vajrayana art. In Mongolia they are known as "Burhany Zurag".

Tsakli are traditionally assembled into sets and may represent Buddhas, Bodhisattvas, Yidams, Gurus, mantras, sacred symbols and ritual implements. They are an important visual aid when conferring empowerments. The vast majority of these images are painted on cloth.

Many Mongolian miniature paintings were actually worn in an amulet box or kept inside a portable shrine and were revered as efficacious protection amulets. Indeed this is one of the main reasons they are much smaller than traditional thangka paintigs.They were never intended to be 'art for artís sake', so they typically have a folk art quality which only adds to their charm.

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Large Copper Gau with Miniature Painting
Large Copper Gau with Miniature Painting of Buddha Shakyamuni
Our Price: £275.00

This is a beautiful large glass fronted copper gau that includes a hand painted miniature thangka of Buddha Shakyamuni.

Origin: Mongolia
width 81.08 mm
height 87.96 mm
late 19th/ early 20th century
Antique Copper Gau with Painting
Antique Copper Gau with Miniature Painting of Shakyamuni Buddha
Our Price: £250.00

This is a beautiful large glass fronted gau that includes a hand painted miniature thangka (Burhany Zurag) of Buddha Shkyamuni. The painting is particularly fine.

width 53 mm
height 68 mm
late 19th/early 20th Century
Antique Miniature Painting of Sitatapatra
Antique Miniature Painting of Sitatapatra the White Umbrella Goddess
Our Price: £250.00

A miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag".

This piece represents the female deity Sitatapatra, the White Umbrella Goddess who saves from all harm. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet. This is a larger  than normal Burhany Zurag and the detail is particuarly clear. The reverse has the Tibetan characters Om Ah Hung written in red, this normally shows that a piece has been consecrated.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Very good with minor weathering.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 9 inches
width = 7 inches
Antique Copper Gau with Painting
Antique Copper Gau with Miniature Painting of Green Tara
Our Price: £200.00

This is a beautiful large glass fronted gau that includes a hand painted miniature thangka (Burhany Zurag) of Green Tara.

height 69 mm
width 52 mm
late 19th/early 20th Century
Antique Copper & Brass Gau with Painting
Antique Copper & Brass Gau with Miniature Painting of Shakyamuni Buddha
Our Price: £200.00

This is a beautiful large glass fronted gau that includes a hand painted miniature thangka (Burhany Zurag) of Buddha Shkyamuni. The gau has a copper back and brass front.

width 70 mm
height 90 mm
late 19th/early 20th Century
Antique Burhany Zurag of Green Tara
Antique Miniature Painting of Green Tara
Our Price: £200.00

A miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag".

This piece represents the female Buddha Green Tara. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet. This piece is in nice condition and has a lovely presence. On the reverse side is written the mantra 'Om Tare Tutare Ture Soha' in Tibetan characters.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 6.25 inches
width = 5 inches
Old Gau with Vajrapani Painting
Old Gau with Vajrapani Painting
Our Price: £180.00

A very nice glass fronted copper and brass gau. Displaying a hand painted image of Vajrapani from the late 19th century.

Condition: Very good with some weathering
Age: Late 19th Century
width 49 mm
height 53 mm
Origin: Mongolia
Antique Burhany Zurag of Green Tara
Antique Miniature Painting of Green Tara with 21 Emanations
Our Price: £150.00

A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents the female Buddha Green Tara with her 21 emanations. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Good with some weathering.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 8 inches
width = 6 inches
Antique Miniature Painting of the Three Longevity Deities
Antique Miniature Painting of the Three Longevity Deities
Our Price: £125.00

A miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents the three longevity deities: Amitayus, White Tara, and Namgyalma. On the reverse side is written the mantra Om Ah Hung So Ha in Tibetan characters.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Good with some weathering and paint loss
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 160 mm
width = 125 mm
Antique Miniature Painting of Vajrapani
Antique Miniature Painting of Vajrapani
Our Price: £120.00

A lovely antique miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents Vajrapani and the Bodhisattva Manjushri is seated above his head. Pieces such as this were typically worn in a gau as a protective amulet or kept inside a small traveling shrine.

Origin: Mongolia
Mineral Pigments on Cloth
Condition: Very good with minor weathering.
Age: 19th Century
103 mm x 83 mm
Antique Miniature Painting of Ganapati
Antique Miniature Painting of Ganapati (Ganesh)
Our Price: £120.00

A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag".  This piece represents the wealth deity Ganapati or Ganesh. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Good with some weathering and paint loss.
Age: 19th Century
height = 92 mm
width = 70 mm
Antique Miniature Painting of Manjushri
Antique Miniature Painting of Manjushri
Our Price: £120.00

A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag".  This piece represents the Great Bodhisattva of Wisdom known as Manjushri or Jampalyang. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet. It also includes Mahakala (Bottom left) and unknown green deity to the right (possibly Amoghasiddhi). The mantra Om Ah Hung So Ha is written in Tibetan characters on the reverse side.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Good with some weathering.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 3.5 inches
width = 3 inches
Antique Miniature Painting of Guru Rinpoche
Antique Miniature Painting of Guru Rinpoche
Our Price: £100.00

A miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava. Pieces such as this were typically worn in a gau as a protective amulet or kept inside a small traveling shrine.

Origin: Mongolia
Mineral Pigments on Cloth
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
88 mm x 69 mm
Antique Miniature Painting of Vajrapani
Antique Miniature Painting of Vajrapani
Our Price: £85.00

A lovely antique miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents Vajrapani. Pieces such as this were typically worn in a gau as a protective amulet or kept inside a small traveling shrine.

Origin: Mongolia
Mineral Pigments on Cloth
Condition: Good with some weathering.
Age: 19th Century
64 mm x 55 mm
Antique Miniature Painting of Je Tsongkhapa
Antique Miniature Painting of Je Tsongkhapa
Our Price: £60.00

A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents the Great Je Tsongkhapa, whose vast Dharma activities led to the formation of the Gelugpa school.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Very Good
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 87 mm
width = 70 mm
Antique Miniature Painting of Buddha Shakyamuni
Antique Miniature Painting of Buddha Shakyamuni
Our Price: £55.00

A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents the Buddha Shakyamuni. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet. The painting does appear a little darker than it has come out on the scanner.

Painted on Cloth
Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 80 mm
width = 60 mm
Antique Miniature Painting of Chenrezig
Antique Miniature Painting of Chenrezig
Our Price: £50.00

A miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents four armed Chenrezig and the head of Buddha Amitabha can be seen at the apex. Pieces such as this were typically worn in a gau as a protective amulet or kept inside a small traveling shrine.

Origin: Mongolia
Mineral Pigments on paper
Condition: Good with some weathering
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
73 mm x 56 mm
Antique Miniature Painting of Amitabha Buddha
Antique Miniature Painting of Amitabha Buddha
Our Price: £50.00

A miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a "burhany zurag".

This piece represents the Buddha of the Western direction and head of the lotus family, Buddha Amitabha. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet. This piece has suffered quite a bit of weathering, however, it still commands a special presence.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: OK with a fair bit of weathering and loss of paint.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 5 inches
width = 4 inches
Antique Copper Gau with Painting
Antique Copper Gau with Miniature Painting of Shakyamuni Buddha

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This is a beautiful large glass fronted gau that includes a hand painted miniature painting of Buddha Shayamuni and the wrathful Vajrapani. The painting is a particularly nice example. The front of the gau is slightly coming away from the back which shouldn't be too dfficult to repair.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Mostly good with slight damage to the front of the gau.
width 79 mm
height 96 mm
late 19th/early 20th Century
Old Gau with Vajrapani Painting
Old Gau with Vajrapani Painting

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A very nice glass fronted copper and brass gau. Displays a hand painted image of Vajrapani.

Condition: Very good with some weathering
late 19th/ early 20th century
width 39 mm
height 52 mm
Origin: Mongolia
Antique Miniature Painting of Buddha Shakyamuni
Antique Miniature Painting of Buddha Shakyamuni

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A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents the Buddha Shakyamuni. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet.

Painted on Cloth with gold highlights.
Condition: Good with some weathering to the edges.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 88 mm width = 75 mm
Origin: Mongolia
Antique Miniature Painting of Vajrapani
Antique Miniature Painting of Vajrapani

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A miniature Vajrayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents Vajrapani. Pieces such as this were typically worn in a gau as a protective amulet or kept inside a small traveling shrine. Origin: Mongolia Mineral Pigments on Cloth Condition: Very Good Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century 73 mm x 61 mm
Antique Copper & Silver Gau with painting
Antique Copper & Silver Gau with Miniature Painting of the Medicine Buddha

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This is a beautiful large glass fronted gau that includes a hand painted miniature thangka (Burhany Zurag) of the Medicine Buddha. The gau has a copper back and silver front.

width 59 mm
height 70 mm
Medicine Buddha Burhany Zurag = mid 19th/ early 20th century
Gau = late 19th/early 20th Century
Antique Miniature Painting of the Three Longevity Deities
Antique Miniature Painting of the Three Longevity Deities

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A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents the three longevity deities: Amitayus, White Tara, and Namgyalma

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Good with some weathering and paint loss
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 160 mm
width = 125 mm
Antique Miniature Painting of the Three Bodhisattvas
Antique Miniature Painting of the Three Bodhisattvas

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A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents the three Bodhisattvas Chenrezig,  Vajrapani (bottom left) and Manjushri (bottom right) . Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet. The mantra Om Ah Hung has been drawn on the reverse three times.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Good with some weathering.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 195 mm
width = 150 mm
Antique Burhany Zurag of Green Tara
Antique Miniature Painting of Green Tara with 21 Emanations

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A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents the female Buddha Green Tara with her 21 emanations. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Good with some weathering.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 195 mm
width = 150 mm
Antique Miniature Painting of Manjushri
Antique Miniature Painting of Manjushri

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A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag".  This piece represents the Great Bodhisattva of Wisdom known as Manjushri or Jampalyang. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet. Pieces such as this were typically worn in a gau as a protective amulet or kept inside a small traveling shrine.
Origin: Mongolia

Condition: Good with some weathering.
Mineral pigments on Cloth.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 85 mm
width = 70 mm
Antique Miniature Painting of White Tara
Antique Miniature Painting of White Tara

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A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag".  This piece represents White Tara. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Good with some weathering.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 170 mm
width = 120 mm
Antique Miniature Painting of Six Armed Mahakala
Antique Miniature Painting of Six Armed Mahakala

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A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents the Six Armed form of Mahakala. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet.

Origin: Mongolia
Hand painted on cloth
Condition: This piece displays some weathring and loss of paint.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 190 mm
width = 140 mm
Antique Miniature Painting of Buddha Shakyamuni
Antique Miniature Painting of Buddha Shakyamuni

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A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents the Buddha Shakyamuni. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet.

Origin: Mongolia
Hand painted on cloth
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 190 mm
width = 140 mm
Antique Miniature Painting of the Medicine Buddha
Antique Miniature Painting of the Medicine Buddha

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This small painting represents Sangye Menla, the Buddha of Medicine. Paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 47 mm
width = 43 mm
Antique Miniature Painting of the Medicine Buddha
Antique Miniature Painting of the Medicine Buddha

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A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents Sangye Menla, the Buddha of Medicine. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 103 mm
width = 88 mm
Antique Miniature Painting of Manjushri
Antique Miniature Painting of Manjushri

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A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag".  This piece represents Manjushri in his dark blue form. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Good with some weathering.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 130 mm
width = 95 mm
Antique Miniature Painting of Buddha Shakyamuni
Antique Miniature Painting of Buddha Shakyamuni

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A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents the Buddha Shakyamuni. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet. The Buddha is actually painted with gold paint which has not been picked up very well by the scanner.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 150 mm
width = 130 mm
Antique Burhany Zurag of Green Tara
Antique Miniature Painting of Green Tara with 21 Emanations

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A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents the female Buddha Green Tara with her 21 emanations. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Good with some weathering.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 175 mm
width = 130 mm
Antique Burhany Zurag of Green Tara
Antique Miniature Painting of Green Tara

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A very nice miniature Vajarayana painting that would be known in Mongolia as a " burhany zurag". This piece represents the female Buddha Green Tara. Small paintings such as this would have been kept on a shrine or worn in a gau as part of a personal protective amulet.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering.
Age: Mid 19th Century to Early 20th Century
height = 190 mm
width = 170 mm