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Water Offering Cabinet

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Very well done offering cabinet featuring a plethora of lotus and chrysanthemum blossoms and a green eyed Tiger on the front. I find this cabinet very uplifting and it really radiates beauty and joy. The symmetry is obvious, with the flipping of the border chrysanthemums around the front door. This is a specifically designed cabinet for the water offering; however as with all Tibetan furniture it has multiple usages. Atisha sanctioned the water offering for Tibet only when he visited there as he found that the water was so pure. It has a single door, and the hinges are wood-dowels in the top and bottom edges that fit into a hole bored into the underside of the horizontal frame, with a tapered slot in the bottom frame-opening. The original leather door-pull is missing, so there is a replacement leather-pull not shown in this picture. This cabinet is made from Asian cedar and is painted on the front and the inside portions of the offering gallery using the raised gesso or kyungbur technique. The earliest known use of this technique is at the Wutun Monastery and the monastery is most probably the point of origin of this technique. The sides, top and back are a natural oil finish. The top has some separation and splits in the unpainted planks. Comes with a Certificate Of Authenticity.

AGE: 1890s
Dimensions: Height to horizontal offering top=24.5" Height to top of gallery 30.62"W=29.25" D=15.75" Door H= 19" W= 15"

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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 09 November, 2008.

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