Object Name: Divination device
Place of Origin: Tibet
Date: Late 19th century
Dimensions: H: 30.50 cm, W: 27.50 cm, D: 2.00 cm
Materials Used: Copper
Credit Line and Accession Number: Fowler Museum at UCLA. Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Lawrence Koshler. X81.24
Astrological diagrams such as this copper repoussé plaque record a body of knowledge that Tibetan ritual specialists (tsis-pa) draw upon to make predictions. Many Tibetans routinely consult a tsis-pa who is attached to the local monastery in order to determine an auspicious date before setting out on a journey or planning any important activity. The plaques are also hung on the walls of homes, displayed at weddings, or carried in processions at funerals, all for their protective function.
Gallery text, Intersections: World Arts, Local Lives, 2006