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C500-05 Altar/Reading desk

Tibetan Buddhist Furniture old altar table
Tibetan Buddhist Furniture old altar table
Tibetan Buddhist Furniture old altar table
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Antique Tibetan furniture, a hand painted reading desk that also served as a Buddhist altar. There is Tibetan writing on the backside apron. We were not able to get a full translation of the text. There are three sentences in the text, there is a reference to Palden( Lhamo) and a wish for good fortune at the end. The spelling is very critical in Tibetan as all of the figures of a sentence are run together and every thing must be perfect to be understood. Palden Lhamo is said to reside in the mountains just west of the Lower Sange Monastery. Pictures of Palden Lhamo's mountain dwelling place will be supplied to the purchaser. This portable altar table is also used as a reading desk. It was used by a high lama to read and teach the Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. The end supports pivot underneath the table top, the entire end boad, and then the front support, the entire board pivots over the top of the two end supports into a cavity that is under the top. The gold work on the sides, the kyungbur writing and the apron design is 24kt gold. The front support has Cintamani, Ashoka blossoms, kusha and durva grass along with the Mahamudra Mists and mare’s tail cumulus clouds. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity brush signed by a monk at the Sange monastery.

Age: circa 1800
Dimensions (overall)    H=10.75" W=28.75" D=11.5" 


item #C500-05 Price $795.00,     


Just under the top edge on the front and sides is the continuous “T” or thunder-wave.  This is symbolic of an epiphany, carrying the same meaning as the single dorje, 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 zigzag gold and red design on the frame represents the transmutation of passion in to compassion and the purity of thought and actions that comes from this transformation.

The front support has a wonderful Ashoka blossom, sets of flaming Cintamani, rainbows, mountains, durva and kusha grass, mare's tail cumulus clouds and the Mahamudra Mists. 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). This flower sprouted when Amitabha heard of Ashoka, a great warrior, that lead his people to freedom, overcoming and defeating overwhelming forces of the enemy. 

An expanded iconography will be supplied to the purchaser, including all that is known about the text on the back side.


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