This altar is made for tantric practice with a definite mind towards giving and compassion. The top is exquisitely painted, employing a nice symmetry, with a Tsebum topping a pyramid of wonderful offerings and tantric applications. This is the only altar that I have seen with both tiger and leopard skins, this is very tantric and denotes the union of wisdom, the leopard skins, with methodology, the tiger skins. This is set in the mists of the pure lands, and is bordered by blue and red chrysanthemums. There is an iconography available as a meditation aid for this altar, see main listing
. 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 altar 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 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 are also pictures of the lama that blessed this altar.
Dimensions: H=20 x W=32 x D=16
Age: circa 1940
Materials: Juniper and pine
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Price $1595.00, plus shipping & handling
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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 25 February, 2011.