Large Tibetan Buddhist hand painted offering cabinet made for a High Lama's residence, with peacocks and dragons on the upper doors and a golden pheasant on both lower doors. There are no drawers on this cabinet; the lower doors open up to the space behind where drawers were inserted in later cabinets. The panels to the side of each door have a green 4-petaled flower, while the center bottom panel has a royal blue one. The bottom two panels adjacent to the blue 4-petaled flower each have the Auspicious Treasure Vase. Read the iconography for details. The art work is all done in kyungbur with plenty of 24 kt gold. This offering cabinet or altar has been in the work shop for many decades; it has been used as a work bench and also for storage of the mineral pigments used to paint other Tibetan Buddhist furniture. Drops of paint can be seen on the sides and top: blue and yellow mineral pigments used for the paint can be seen on the inside. The cleaning of Tibetan art over 400 years old is extremely difficult and many times impossible without adding great cost to the item. The art work on the front has been preserved with an acrylic coating.
The size of this Tibetan Buddhist offering cabinet along with the icons would suggest that it was made for a High Lama, probably one of the incarnations of Drak Khar Ngak Rampa, the founder of the lower Sange Monastery. The lower Sange Monastery has been in existence since the middle of the 11th century, although at first it was a temple and meditative residence. The peacocks, golden pheasant and dragon depictions indicate an official Imperial Chinese patronage, in keeping with the Choyon of 1244 AD with Godan Khan, as does the styling of the front frame. There is an abundant use of 24kt gold on the frame, figures and flora. In 1403 AD the Ming Emperor Yongtzen moved the capital from Xi'an to Beijing and built the Forbidden City, in this construction project there was the Sun and Moon Pagoda that the Emperor hired 50 artists from Sange monastery to decorate. He was so pleased with the work that he issued a proclamation extolling their artistic prowess, "Wujitong", meaning from Tibet: from that time forward the artists were referred to as Wutun artists. It is quite possible that this cabinet was a commissioned gift to the High Lama at Sange Monastery. The peacocks, golden pheasant and dragon were emblems of high power of the Imperial Ming Court. The golden pheasant in particular was a sign of literary and artistic elegance in the Ming dynasty.
This cabinet comes with a brush-signed Certificate of Authenticity, the iconography and meditational aid, map of the area with short history, and pictures of the area, people, their homes and essays about their lifestyle and economy.
AGE: circa 15th century
Dimensions: Height=39.25" W=47.62" D=15"
To view larger images and to read iconography see main listing
B015 Price $2975.00, plus shipping & handling
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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 18 October, 2011.