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Antique Tibetan hand painted Torma Trunk C100-K7
Antique Tibetan chest with Auspicious Victory Banner on front hand painted
Tibetan Buddhist trunk side view with lotus buds in Mahamudra Mists
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Antique Tibetan Buddhist furniture top view with unique 4 noble truths design
Tibetan Buddhist chest right side view with lotus buds hand painted
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The top and front of this antique Tibetan Buddhist torma trunk are striking, with an excellently depicted Victory banner blowing in the breeze on the front and a uniquely stylized motif of 4-petaled flowers that also morphs into a beautiful Dharma Wheel representation in the center. The border of flowers around the front Auspicious Victory Banner is comprised of blue and red Chrysanthemums. There is great symbolisms on this trunk, with the presentation of Lotus buds on each side that are flourishing in the Mahamudra Mists. Please take time to read the iconography to get an understanding of the richness of karmic thought that comes with this trunk. The handles on the sides and the lid's closure is brass. The copper cladding on the corners is a late 20th century addition. The back has brass hinges that have been replaced, but do not show in the image. The front, top and sides are done in the raised kyungbur technique that is a hall mark of the Sange artists since at least the 12th century. There is some damage to the paint on the edges of both sides of the trunk. This trunk comes with a brush-sign Certificate of Authenticity signed by one of the monks at the Sange Monastery. There is also a map of the area, along with historical notes and pictures of the village and monasteries with explanations and other documentation. The trunk has been cleaned as it had a layer of soot and wax on it which obscured the painting detail, after cleaning the painted parts were coated with a clear acrylic enamel to protect the painted surfaces and the unpainted wood was treated with a penetrating Danish furniture oil to provide decades of protection.


Material: JUNIPER
Dimensions: W=19.75" H=15.5" D=10"
Age: mid 1800s

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Torma Trunk C100-K7 Price $529~Plus crating and shipping = WEST COAST $88 ~ MTN $97 ~ MIDWEST = $102 ~ EAST COAST= $113. Contact David for a quote to other destinations.

Iconography

The front is bordered with red and blue Chrysanthemums on a 24kt gold background. 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, while the gold represents the purity of thought and actions that comes with the transformation.

The center of the front has a beautiful Victory Banner, one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols in Tibetan Buddhism; it is uniquely sitting upon what appears to be a chrysanthemum throne with durva grass and lotus buds all set in the Mahamudra Mists. The Victory banner ~~ Sanskrit dhvaja ~ Tibetan rgyal mtshan, is an early Buddhist motif meaning the enlightenment of the Buddha and the triumph of knowledge over ignorance, this symbol also is used to recall the Buddha’s triumph over his temptress, Mara. Mara and her demonic hosts personify hindrances and defilements. The Victory banner in Tibetan Buddhism symbolizes the 11 methods for overcoming these defilements. The development of knowledge, wisdom, compassion, meditation, and ethical vows; taking refuge in the Buddha; abandoning false views; generating spiritual goals, skilful means and selflessness; and the unity of the 3 samadhis: emptiness~formlessness~& desirelessness. The unity of the 3 samadhis aligns well with the Mahamudra Mists. The billowing clouds or mist are Mahamudra: the union of compassion and wisdom -- the ultimate realization of one’s true nature.  They are represented as the transformation of our vices into the 4 powers of regret, vow, reliance, and remedy, so the practitioner will realize purification and enlightenment.  This is also the basic meaning of the "Heart Sutra."

Both sides feature lotus buds set in the Mahamudra Mists. The lotus is an important Buddhist motif.  Images of the Buddha and other important persons often are shown seated on a lotus throne.  The growth of the lotus, with its roots in mud, growing through water, and emerging as a wonderful plant above the water's surface, is seen as an analogy of the soul’s path from the mud of materialism to the purity of enlightenment. The 3 stages of the lotus, bud, utpala (mid-blossom) and the full blossoming throne represent the past present and future respectively.

The top is wonderfully and uniquely designed with multiple 4-petaled flowers. The Center motif is very stylized with durva grass as the center of a Dharma wheel and the rim actually being 4 petals of the Ashoka flower. The 4-petaled flower is symbolic of the 4 Noble truths, the middle way and the first teaching of Buddha. 1. Life is suffering. 2. Ignorance is the cause of suffering.  3. The cessation of suffering is the goal of life because it transcends pains and pleasure.  4. The way to the cessation of suffering is the Noble Eightfold Path, which aligns with the eight spokes of the Dharma Wheel. Those Dharma Wheel spokes are the orange background that protrudes into the Ashoka petals in the center motif. The  Dharma Wheel ~~Sanskrit chakra ~ Tibetan `khor lo, which is in three parts, the wheel exists as a hub, the center of the world.  The 8 spokes denote the 8 paths to enlightenment. These 8 steps work together, not separately.  1. right understanding . 2. right attitude  3. right speech  4. right action  5. right work    6. right effort  7. right mindfulness  8. right meditation  The rim represents the attribute of limitation.  All are contained within a circle, which is perceived to be perfect and complete, like the teachings of the Buddha. 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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