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Han Altar Table 0197-HT
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Tibetan-style altar table made of beech and elm solids with hand-painted traditional design. This table is in excellent condition, having been expertly restored, however there still exists some minor dents and nicks. It displays many elements of Tibetan Buddhist art: the kyungbur (raised outlining), the continuous ‘T’ wave just under the top edge, the clay underlayment are all elements seen in Rebgong art.  The stylistic Buddhist icons: the ‘T’ wave, the holy flowers and the infinite knot are all typical Tibetan. This altar table is from the Gansu province. of Han origin: the age being approximately early 20th century (1930s) during the Republic Era.  The front and back have in the corner of each panel the stylized Chinese character shou: this is presented here in the form of a butterfly. The butterfly is a favored symbol in Chinese art, and often seen in Tibetan art: it recalls the dream of Taoist philosopher, Chuang Tzu. Chuang Tzu, having dreamed that he was a butterfly joyously flittering, posed the question, “Did Chuang Tzu dream he was a Butterfly? Or is the butterfly still dreaming that he is Chuang Tzu?” The caterpillar, chrysalis and butterfly, as unified symbols of transmutation, resurrection and immortality, are perhaps best described in the aphorism, “What the caterpillar perceives as the end of all things, the rest of the world perceives as the beginning of the butterfly”. Two center open-doors on the front side.  Painted on all exposed views, the right and left end panels have a relaxing rendition of the eternal knot.  Muted kyungbur (Rebgong art) on the sides, front, and back outlines all of art work. The design features triple lotus blossoms; its bud, bloom and closed flowers symbolize the Buddhas of past, present, and future. The top as is typical, does not feature any kyungbur; there is a center circular arrangement of Ashoka flowers with lotus flowers on each corner and alternating colors of blue and red.   These types of cabinets were hand-crafted by family businesses that had been engaged in the craft for generations. There is some small raised areas on the top; each about 1/4 of an inch, the top is attached by bamboo pegs and these pegs are causing the top clay undercoating to swell.

Age: early 20th century
Dimensions: H= 18" W= 29 " D= 16"


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