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Chösum Stand C602

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Early-20th century yak butter lamp stand with the drawers over the doors. This style evolved over the centuries, with the widening to two doors happening at the end of the 19th century. The kyungbur is excellent and the doors are robust in their presentation. The well groomed Zipak on the front doors has multiple stings of Cintamani that he is guarding for the practitioner. The sides have a very regal torma offering (the blue and green circles) with gold Durva grass swirling out to the Mahamudra mists. Please see iconography for more details. The Chösum stand is painted on both sides and the front, the top and back are not painted. The only metal hardware are the Silk Road transit tax coins used for escutcheon on the drawer pulls. The center divider with the kyungbur between the doors is the door pull for the right hand door. The doors hinge on wooden pegs at the top and bottom of each door about 1 inch in from the trailing edge. This Chösum stand comes with background information, iconography and a Certificate of Authenticity signed by one of the monks. Just a note of some damage: the left and right side at the bottom and in particular the back left leg, the zigzag kyungbur is missing in spots. I currently have three of these Chösum stands with Zipak and all have some damage on the lower portion to the zigzag kyungbur.

Materials:  Asian cedar & white wood
Dimensions:  H 31.5" W=29.5" D=15.62" measurements are approximate.
Age circa: 1910

 

Item #C602:  Price $1085.00, plus shipping & handling
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Iconography

The front doors each have a beautiful Ashoka blossom reaching uyp to support the strings of Cintamani the Zipak is guarding. To each side of the Ashoka stem are rock cliffs, the fronds of the ashoka are Durva grass. The Ashoka is the second of the holy trinity of flowers and is named after the great leader Ashoka that defeated all of his enemioes and freed his people, this is then a metaphor for the practitioner becoming free from vices and unwanted desires by defeating them. Durva grass is a symbol of long life.  Because grass is highly resilient, it is believed to be immortal.  Therefore, it proclaims the end of samsara, the successive death and rebirth of all beings  It usually takes a long time to overcome samsara, and a longer life span will allow greater progress in moving towards enlightenment within a given cycle. Cintamani are wish-granting jewels and additionally represent wisdom.  When depicted in sets of 3, they represent the body, speech and mind of Buddha such as the practitioner may possess.  Cintamani are also referred to as the “Thinking Jewel” and symbolize the importance of teaching and as well as the enlightened mind. The main feature of this cabinet is the Zipak (Tibetan) or Zeeba. The Zipak originates in a Shaivite legend from the Shandha Purana.  Shiva created a demon called Jalandhara from the blaze of his third eye.  Jalandhara assumed great power and desired an incestuous relationship with Parvati, the consort of Shiva and Jalandhara's adoptive mother.  Jalandhara persuaded Rahu, one of his demonic friends, to demand Parvati's favor.  When Shiva got wind of this, he was understandably outraged, so his third eye blazed again, thereby creating the Zeeba, who made a beeline to devour Rahu.  Rahu decided that Zeeba was going to eat him bones and all and begged Shiva for mercy; whereupon, Shiva offered forgiveness and called off Zeeba.  Because Zeeba had not had anything to eat since coming into the world and had been deprived of his only prey, he turned on himself and devoured his own body until only the head and hands remained.  Shiva was very pleased with his handiwork and invited Zeeba to remain as the guardian to his door.   Since then, he has become a reminder of the consequences of gluttony and greed and also stands as a guardian of practitioners.  Zeeba's fingers point to his missing body to show what can happen when someone is overcome by avarice.

 

 

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