~The mantric tantric Bodhisattva~
Cabinets with tigers typically were made for high lamas, geshes, or occasionally village chiefs. The tiger is a symbol of strength and military prowess and additionally tigers represent method as in the method implemented to achieve enlightenment. The tigers are above sets of three Cintamani; two of which are on top of bolts of fine cloth draped over leopard and tiger skins making this a rather tantric cabinet. Tigers were indigenous to eastern Tibet, where the Senge (Wutun) Monastery is located, & tigers are depicted on furniture from eastern Tibet more often than in other regions. On this piece, tigers are painted on each door. The door-pull is the vertical center-divider. The two drawers below the doors have an old brass coin & leather strap as the pull. The panels with the Treasure Jar , Ashoka and Lotus blossom next to the doors are fixed. Access to the space behind the tall panel is through the front doors: while access to the space behind the panels with the red lotus is accomplished by removing the drawer, so this space would make a good secret hiding place. The painting of the lower panels and the drawers are of a style that was popular during the 17th and 18th centuries. The top, back & both sides are natural wood. This cabinet is very well done, the kyungbur is thinner than most and the hand was quite steady that applied it. The art work is very clean and crisp, of exceptional quality. Please note the yin and yang spiral that is on the top of the tiger's head. The cabinet has been cleaned and treated with preservatives, both the painted surfaces and the unpainted wood. The art work is excellent along with the kyungbur which is smooth and well applied.
This cabinet comes with a brush-signed Certificate of Authenticity (which will be mailed from Reunion Island): the iconography/meditational aid (which will arrive as a PDF via email).
AGE: circa 1820
Dimensions: Height=32" W=40.5" D=15.5"
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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 14 May, 2015.