Baronet 4 Tibet
Tibetan Buddhist
Art furniture & Antiques from the monasteries of the Ser Shong (Golden Valley)
Temple & Assembly Hall Wall Hangings BBB on line reliablility seal

Where did these wall hangings come from?

The main Assembly or Prayer Hall and the Bodhisatava Avalokiteshvara Temple at the Lower Sange Monastery were partially destroyed during the attack on the monastery during the Cultural Revolution by the Red Guard in 1972. The monks and Lamas that survived this attack went into hiding until 1988. They took with them as much of the art work and relics that they had time to save. Some hid in the village and others went to caves in the region. In 1988 Gedun Chok Drub under the guidance of the Geshe of Lower Sange demolished the two structures and started a rebuilding project that continues today. They decided to replace all of the interior wall hangings as the art work that they had salvaged would not fit in to the new design and they also wanted fresh designs and colors. A friend of the monastery, a Muslim named Yan Fe Gu purchased all of the wall hangings to give the monastery seed money for their reconstruction. Baronet has been working with Yan and the monastery since 2003 collecting and preserving the art from the Sange Monasteries. We do not know which art came from the Assembly hall and which came from the Temple, what we do know is that this art all came from the Lower Sange Monastery from one of those two buildings. There is more information below the thumbnail pictures.

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All paintings are approximately 60" x 40" plus or minus 3 inches, the measurements under each thumbnail picture are plus or minus 1/2 inch. The abreviation OAH= Over All Heigth PH= Painting Heigth. Most of the canvases are stitched together, this is not evident from the front, but from the back the seam is visible. The pictures show some angular distortion, this is due to the optics and angle of the camera relative to the painting. I took these pictures with the painting laying on the floor and leaning out over a stairway. They are all done in the Tangka style, adhering to the scriptural cannon in their form. All come with a Certificate of Authenticity.

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ID= Unknown
Age: circa 1400
OAH=59.5" x W=40.5
Price $4800


OAH=58" x W=42" PH=46.5" x W=30"

OAH=56" x W=40" PH=44.5" x W=28'

LW004 Avalokiteshvara~~8 Armed, 11 Faced
Price $3300
OAH=58.5" x W=40.5
PH=54" x W=33.75"

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Unknown Diety
Price $4900
Age: Circa 1400

OAH=56.5" x W=42 PH=45.25" x W=30"

Six-Armed Mahakala
OAH=53" x W=42.5" PH=42.5" x W=32'

Palden Lhamo (The Goddess Who Rides on a Sea of Blood)
Price $3500
Age: circa 1500
OAH=55" x W=42"
PH=45" x 33"

LW008 Avalokiteshvara~1000 Armed, 11 Faced
Price $3500
OAH=63" x W=43"
PH=51" x W=31"

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LW009 Four-Armed Shadakshari Lokeshvara

price $3250

OAH=54" x W=41" PH=48" x W=34"

LW010 Manjushri

Price $3350

OAH=55' x W=46" PH=45.5" x W=36"

LW011 Tara (unidentified of 21)
Price $2900

Age: circa 1600
OAH=57" x W=40.5" PH=45.5" x W=29.5"

LW012 Unknown
Price $4900

Age: circa 1400
OAH=55.5" x W=41" PH=43.5" x W=31"

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LW013 Probably Guhyasamaja
Price $4700

Age: circa 1400
OAH=60.5" x W=42 PH=48.5" x W=31.5"

ID= Unknown
Age: circa 1900
Price $2800

LW014 backside with mantra


Wall hangings from Old Lower Wutun Temple. The Temple was demolished and rebuilt in 1988. New paintings were created to replace these as the centuries had left them rather soiled. Some have the kyungbur incorporated into the painting. These were painted at different times, the youngest is the LW014 with the mantra on the back side, dating to the late 19th or very early 20th century; while the LW001. 002, 003, 005 amd 012 are the oldest and may date to the beginning of the 15th century. T he original temple built in the 11th century was destroyed by a mudslide when the banks of a small lake in the mountains directly above the temple gave way during a severe rain storm. The mountain side soil stability had been compromised by the deforestation that had been going on for centuries. There existed stories handed down about the storm and the mudslide and these were confirmed in 1988 when the monks were digging a new foundation for the temple on the original site; they uncovered many buried metal statures and other artifacts suggesting a catastrophic mudslide supporting the oral histories.