The altars iconic theme is that of gaining spiritual wealth, as well as material wealth and moving toward enlightenment through purity of thought speech and action and by learning the scriptures. There is an iconography available as a meditation aid for this altar, see below. This beautiful altar table was made for use in a Labrang (lama's residence) in central Tibet. When altars are painted on all 4 sides they are made to be placed in the center of a room with sufficient space to walk around. They were always circumambulated in a clockwise direction. This item is painted on front, top, back, & both the right & left ends. This altar was never used and has been stored for decades, this has taken a small toll on the art work as the large variances in temperatures have had an adverse effect and made effective cleaning very difficult. The top is exquisitely painted, with the Treasure Jar, one of the Eight Auspicious symbols, sitting on top of an Ashoka throne. This is set in the Mahamudra mists of the pure lands, and is bordered by blue and red chrysanthemums. The only metal hardware on this piece are the brass Silk Road transit tax coins and round pull on the drawer-fronts at each end. This altar comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, an iconography explaining the theme and meanings of the various icons, a map of the Amdo region where the Sange monasteries are located, and pictures and additional information about the monasteries and people of the Golden Valley; there is also pictures of the lama that blessed this altar.
Dimensions: H=19.75 x W=31.5 x D=15.75
Age: circa 1940
Materials: Juniper and pine
To view larger images and read iconography see main listing
Price $1495.00, plus shipping & handling
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This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 12 August, 2010.