Art made in Tibet by Tibetan monks

Lama's Offering Cabinet

Starting at: $2,195.00

~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, and 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 and a leather strap as the pull on tghe right hand drawer. The panels with the Zipac, stack of 6 Cintamani flanked by elephant tusks 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 at the beginning of the 19th century. 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 * (view prior to cleaning) and treated with preservatives, both the painted surfaces and the unpainted wood sides and interior. 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" 


B005-05 Price $2195.00, plus crating and shipping: West Coast $295, Mtn. States $310, Mid West $325, Atlantic coast $350  other destinations, contact us  for a quote.  

  • Model: B005-05 tantric tigers
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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 20 April, 2019.

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