The pattern on the side has a very straight forward theme of follow the Dharma to enlightenment, with the Zipak there to help along the way. This box has two mantras, one on the top in Tibetan holy text and one on each end in Tibetan text. The sides show lots of motion and interaction. The art work is very good, the colors are vibrant on this box. The Zipak has lovely green eyes to go along with his coiffured hair. This scripture storage box was never pressed into service and has been in storage for eight decades at the sange Monastery. It is quite customary for the monasteries to make more items then they can distribute as they are in the business of providing Tibetan Buddhist functional art for the other monasteries all over Tibet. This box was patterned after the 18th century boxes. If it would have been sent out to be used for scripture storage the interior would have been stained a very dark purple. The top has the 6-syllable mantra of Avalokiteshvara, OM MANI PADME HUM in the Tibetan Holy text that is similar to Sanskrit. The front and back are basically the same. The mantra on each end of the box is OM AH HOM, which is the "Body~Speech~Mind" of Buddha, as in one's acquisition of these properties.
Dimensions: W= 25.75 " D= 7.75" H= 8.12 "
Age: circa 1930
Materials: unknown hardwoods
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SST17GS PRICE $529.00 plus shipping, handling & insurance; Pacific Coast $38.00 ~ MTN States $42.00 ~ Mid-West $45.00 ~ East coast $48.00~~Other destinations, contact David for quote; david@Baronet4Tibet.com
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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 17 July, 2010.