Art made in Tibet by Tibetan monks

Lama's offering cabinet

Starting at: $3,465.00

The general theme of this cabinet is ridding one self of poisons and elusions with a secondary associated theme of spiritual growth to enlightenment. I have included some meditational aids in the iconography that comes with this cabinet. This exceptional offering cabinet dates to the mid 1500s. Ashoka and lotus blossoms dominate the the panels adjacent to the doors: while dragons and peacocks are featured on the doors.It is evident from looking at the peacocks on the lower and upper doors that they were painted by different artists: this is the custom in Tibetan monastic art; there is a master artist and several apprentices/students that work on each piece. The borders and the fill work on the kyungbur are done by the junior apprentice while the more difficult areas are done by the master and the more skilled apprentices. The art work is very clean, the shading is nicely done and the kyungbur is delicate and even. The hinges of the doors are wood-pegs in the doors that fit into a hole in the underside of the top and slide into a groove on the horizontal frame. The door-pull is the vertical kyungbur-trim in the center of the two doors. The front trim is kyungbur (raised gesso) in a red and gold trefoil design. The sides, back and top are a natural wood with the original oil and wax finish which has been cleaned and a danish finishing oil applied to help preserve the wood. The top is attached with wood pegs, the rest of the frame is mortise and tendon joinery. The wood is predominately Asian Cedar, with some pine, spruce and possibly elm thrown into the mix. Comes with a Certificate Of Authenticity. We have a before picture of what this piece looked like before it was cleaned. The wood has shrank over the years on the right top panel, this results in the canvas separating from the wood and a "bubbling" effect where the canvas has raised off the wood; however the canvas and painting are still in excellent shape. We have cleaned and treated the interior and exterior wood, as well as cleaning the painted surfaces, which we have treated with a clear acrylic preservative.

This cabinet comes with a brush-signed Certificate of Authenticity: the following will be emailed in PDF; 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 mid-late 1500s

Dimensions: H=32.6" W=41" D=14.75"

To view additional images and read the iconography see main listing.

Price $3465.00 plus shipping and handling .


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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 18 March, 2013.

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