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Scripture Storage Boxes

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What is a scripture storage box?

A scripture storage box is a box for storage of the pages of a Tibetan Buddhist Sutra, or other complete text. These pages are loose pages; some times they are bound by a wood manuscript cover on the top and bottom and other times they are bound by a square piece of cloth with a ribbon attached to it. The pages remain loose and are not bound like books in the west. Occasionally the scriptures are looped together with a string or leather tong, but this is the rare exception. The storage box would keep these scriptures safe that were bound using the cloth and ribbon method; additionally they would be used to transport multiple books. The size of the pages varies greatly: the smallest that I have seen are 3" x 7" the largest are 11" x 44". The pages are many times painted black and then paint made from pure silver or gold is used to letter them. The Sange Monasteries also used carved wood blocks to print the scriptures on; we have a complete set of wood blocks used for this purpose that contain the Manjushri Sutra. The wood block prints are sized perfectly to fit into these scripture boxes as well as the 5 books written in silver lettering from the Labrang Lamasery that we have in our possession.

The artistic and stylistic progression.

The oldest Scripture Storage Box we have dates to the mid 16th century. The newest dates to the early 1950s. The artistry and skill evident in their crafting is breathtaking. They are beautiful, with delicately applied kyungbur, vibrant colors and icons. The very early boxes had a mantra in kyungbur on the top and a mongoose or two on the sides. The wood was crafted from a single board with the only extant joinery at the corners to make the box. The ends were curved and absent the mantra that is noted on the 19th and 20th century boxes. Our one example from the 17th century still has the the mongoose, however it has a design probably incorporated from a silk brocade, this design feature using fabric designs incorporating Buddhist elements lasted until the early 19th century and reappeared in the early 20th. The mantras on the tops disappeared, giving way to pastoral and Buddhist iconography on the tops with a 3 syllable mantra on the ends done in gold. The gold mantra gave way to black in the second half of the 19th century. During the 20th century the kyungbur and fabric inspired designs disappeared and scenes with dragons, snow lions and precious horse and elephant became the norm.

All scripture boxes come with a Certificate of Authenticity brush-signed by a monk at the Sange Monastery.

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6 syllable tibetan mantra
Dimensions:  W= 26.5 "  D= 7.25" H= 7.5"
Age: early-mid 20th century
Materials:   Unknown hardwoods

SOLD
Tibetan Buddhist scripture storage box with Avalokisteshvara's 6-syllable mantra on top with other Buddhist symbols painted on the sides and a second mantra on the ends
Dimensions: W= 25.75 "  D= 7.75" H= 8 "
Age: early-mid 20th century
Materials:   Unknown hardwoods
Price $589

SOLD SHIPPED TO WINSTON-SALEM, NC

Tibetan buddhist scripture storage box hand painted with 2 buddhist mantras and infinite knot Auspicious symbol

Dimensions:  W= 25.5 "  D= 7.75" H= 7.75"
Age: early 20th century

Materials:   Unknown hardwoods
PRICE $549.00

SOLD

Tibetan hand-painted furniture puja
Dimensions:  W= 25.75 "  D= 7.75" H= 8.12 "
Age: circa 1930

Materials:   Unknown hardwoods
Sold shipped to Truro, MA
Tibetan Buddhist hand painted scripture storage box with 6 syllable mantra of Chenrizin OM MANI PADMI HUM on top
Dimensions:  W= 26.5 "  D= 7.25" H= 7.5"
Age: mid 20th century
Materials:   Unknown hardwoods
PRICE $479.00

SOLD SHIPPED TO NEW YORK, NY
tibetan scripture box with precious horse, Dharma wheels, Parasol Mantra
Dimensions:  W= 26"  D= 6.88" H= 7.63"
Age: 1933-1945
Materials:  Asian cedar
PRICE $677.00
SOLD
Tibetan Buddhist Scripture box, Dharma wheel on top summer and winter dragons on sides

Dimensions:  W= 26"  D= 6.75" H= 7.38"
Age: 1933-1940
Materials:  possibly birch and Asian cedar combination
PRICE $564.00 

SOLD

Tibbetan Buddhist scripture box with Lotus Blossoms Cintamani in old brocaide design
Dimensions:  W= 23.5"  D= 7.38" H= 8.0"
Age:  1816-1837
Materials:  body=Asian cedar and possibly cypress   
top=  unknown hardwood possibly cypress
PRICE $1554.00 
SOLD
Tibetan Buddhist scripture storage box early 20th century with hand-painted Buddhist symbols and 3 syllable mantra on ends
Dimensions:  W= 26" x D= 8" x H=8"
Age: early 20th century

Materials:   Unknown hardwoods
PRICE $569.00

SOLD SHIPPED TO NEW YORK, NY
Tibetan Buddhist scripture storage box with Buddhist symbols

Dimensions:  W= 23.5"  D= 7.25" H= 8"
Age: circa 1820
Materials:  Asian cedar AKA juniper
PRICE $1487.00
SOLD SHIPPED TO SINGAPORE

tibetan scripture box with lotus, wheel of joy, dharma wheel, cintamani in kyungbur
Dimensions:  W= 23.5"  D= 7.38" H= 7.88"
Age:  1816-1837
Materials:  body=Asian cedar and possibly cypress   
top=  unknown hardwood possibly cypress
PRICE $2169.00
SOLD
tibetan buddhist scripture box with mongoose and Cintamani on side 6-syllable mantra on the top
Dimensions:  W= 25.25"  D= 6.75" H= 7.75"
Age:  1543-1588
Materials:  body=Asian cedar
PRICE $2714.00
SOLD
Buddhist scripture storage box with mantra on top
Dimensions:  W= 25.75"  D= 7.38" H= 6.75"
Age:  1589-1616
Materials:  body=Asian cedar
PRICE $3134.00
SOLD
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