Art made in Tibet by Tibetan monks


Tibetan Buddhist Temple offering cabinet

Starting at: $2,460.00

This is one of five two-door, three-drawer temple cabinets to have survived the Chinese era of destruction. The Snow Lion is a rare depiction of a light blue body with blue mane and tail hairs. The significance of this is that blue is the most precious color with an associated mantra, and it suggests a special relationship with Chakravartin as he also has a light blue variety of the Precious Horse that is available at Chakravartin's unique command. Details are contained in the iconography below. The hinges of the doors are wood-pegs in the doors that fit into a hole in the underside of the top & slide into a groove on the base. The doors open by pushing with a single finger on the outside edge of the door. This technique did not catch on, as it was only seen on the five cabinets of this type made in the mid to late 1800s and about five known small altars made in the 1940s.  Please see iconography below for details. The drawers have chrysanthemum blossoms.  This cabinet is painted on the front, with kyungbur (raised gesso) on the front frame in the trademark Sange zigzag.  The top, sides and back are not painted. The three bottom-drawers have leather-pulls that come through a metal backing attached to the drawer's front.  The cabinet has been dewaxed & treated with a finishing oil on the inside & the unpainted outside surfaces because the wood was rather dry after being stored for over a century at the monastery (image of cabinet before it was fully cleaned).  The flowers are painted on a cloth glued to the doors.   The cabinet is an excellent example of Tibetan cabinetry as is the wonderfully stylized artwork. It was quite an honor to make cabinets for the temple and only the best were asked; this cabinet maker was one of those so honored. The blackened interior denotes this piece as a special temple cabinet. Comes with a Certificate Of Authenticity, images of the lama that blessed this cabinet and an iconography, the latter two items as PDF's.

Age: 1860-1880   
Material: Predominately Asian Cedar    
Dimensions: H=39" W=41.25" D=16.75"

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B003-05 Price $2460.00 plus shipping & crating: West Coast $575, Mtn. States $615, Mid West $645, Atlantic coast $685  Canadian destinations, contact us  for a quote~ this piece ships OTR carrier to your driveway.


  • Model: B003-05 Blue Snow Lion
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This product was added to our catalog on Monday 22 April, 2019.

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