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Tibetan Buddhist Altar 0310.42

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hand-painted tibetan Furniture Tibetan Buddhist Altar table with buddhist symbolism
Ashoka blossom painted on top of a tibetan Buddhist altar table
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hand-painted Tibetan Furniture with tibetan Buddhist symbols and subtle energy
Monk's Tibetan Buddhist altar table
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Hand painted Tibetan Buddhist altar table used in a monk's quarters. Each door has an athletic leopard, the top a beautifully outlined Ashoka blossom and the sides a large pryamid of blue and green rock cliffs. General theme is acquiring wisdom thru studying the scriptures to get to a point that you are like Ashoka; loving and tolerant yet taking action against unvirtuous actions by others. Please read the iconography for more details. The door-pull is the vertical  trim ornamented in gesso at the center of the two doors. The top, front, and both sides  are hand-painted and the attention to detail is exceptional. The only metal hardware on this piece are the brass coins on the drawer fronts. The hinges of the doors are wood-pegs in the doors that fit into a hole in the underside of the top and slide into a groove on the base. The wood is Asian cedar solids. The trim is done in the gesso (kyungbur) technique that dominates Tibetan Buddhist art and is a hall mark of the Sange artists.

This altar comes with a Certificate Of Authenticity, brush-signed by the artist, a monk at the upper monastery, an iconography, a map of the area with a short history and other interesting background information and pictures.

Age: 1960-70
Dimensions (overall)    H=20" W=21" D=14"

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Iconography

The red and 24kt gold zigzag kyungbur adorning the frame is the transition of passion into compassion and the resultant Buddha like purity of actions and thoughts. The 24kt gold continuous ‘T’-wave just under the top edge of the of the offering cabinet is also called the thunder wave. This is the thunder of the vajra (diamond scepter, dorje in Tibetan), symbolizing skilful means, compassion, samsara. This compassion is an active quality rather than mere sympathetic feelings not transformed into action. Compassion refers to action that is exactly consonant with whatever is occurring and that is not self-referential.

The drawers are decorated with red and blue chrysanthemums each with white tips. The chrysanthemum symbolizes autumn & the gathering of the harvest. In this case, it is a metaphor for achieving the goal of enlightenment & its accompanying peace. The blue represents compassion. Red is the transmutation of passion into compassion. The white tips denote purity.  

Each front door has athletic leopard with cumulus clouds in the background. The Leopard's spots resemble (according to Tibetans) the female vagina, consequently the flayed skin of the leopard is more commonly worn by dakinis or wrathful goddesses as a skirt or apron. The large cat skins are most frequently associated with the wrathful deities, Mahakala is usually seen with the tiger skin wrapped around his waist. Victory banners and the asama or meditational seats are also adorned with leopard skins, as are bow quivers. The leopard is also the messenger of the wrathful deities and additionally represents the death of pride, one of the 5 delusions and ultimate emptiness of this delusion. It is also symbolic of wisdom, as the female deities are generally associated with wisdom, while the males are associated with methodology to acquire the wisdom (like how to get a chick). In Tibet, cumulus clouds are the norm and move quickly across the sky: one significance of these fast moving clouds and the pure clarity of the sky is metaphorically an illustration of the Buddha Mind. Clouds may come and go across the heavens, like the transitory thoughts or delusions which appear to obscure the mind's true nature, yet the nature of the sky remains unchanged. This is like the mirror, which is always unaffected by the appearances which arise in it, the sky is clear, transparent, infinite and immaculate. Cintamani are wish-granting jewels and additionally represent wisdom. 

The main panel on the sides have a a pyramid style set of rock cliffs. The rock/cliff formation represents the syllable "E" which appears in the opening stanza of early Buddhist scriptures, ("'thus,' I have heard"). The blue and green cliffs represent the unmoving nature of the mind when enlightenment has been attained.

The top has a yellow outlined Ashoka blossom on a red background with a typical Ashoka scrolling fronds. The Ashoka, the second of the  trinity of holy flowers, sprouts from the holy water-font of the Amitayus, one of the forms in which the Buddha Amitabha appeared (symbolizing the transformation from greed to discriminating wisdom).  The sprout materialized from a tear that Buddha Amitabha shed when hearing of the deeds of the great warrior Ashoka that overcame all of his enemies to win freedom for his oppressed people. True spiritual freedom comes from overcoming the sins and lusts that enslave the soul. Ashoka ruled a vast empire 2200 years ago and put his peoples welfare and interests above his own, he supported Buddhism, however he was insistent upon religious tolerance and open dialog.

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