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Antique Tibetan Buddhist altar with Chakravartinís Precious Horse and Elephant on the doors and a combination longevity-shou butterfly on the panels next to the doors. The painted panels are monochrome with kyungbur as this was the custom on the early pieces (note that only the toma circles on the breakfront are covered with gold). This was used as a Buddhist altar at the entrance to one of the temples rebuilt at the monastery after the devastating mudslide that occurred in 1385 or 1386 AD that destroyed Tuk Mor monastery and parts of the Lower Sange Monastery following heavy rains that caused retaining walls of the man-made lakes above the monasteries to give way and bury the buildings below.

There are just the two doors on this altar, no drawers and it opens with the vertical trim on the right hand door. The panels next to the doors are monochrome blue with gold in the central design; the gold no longer shows, as cleaning was impossible. The outlining was done in kyungbur; the design is a combination longevity symbol and the shou or butterfly. See the iconography in the main listing for an explanation of the Tibetan Buddhist symbolism. The wood is a mixture of elm, juniper and other hardwoods. The hinges of the doors are wood-pegs that fit into a hole in the underside of the top & slide into a groove on the horizontal frame. The door-pull is the vertical kyungbur trim in the center of the two doors. This piece is painted only†on the front. The sides, back & top are a natural wood with an oil finish.†The joinery is typical Tibetan furniture joinery; mortise and tendon framing, with the top doweled to the main frame.

Comes with a Certificate Of Authenticity, map of the area with a short history, iconography and other supporting documents of interest.

Age: after 1385 AD probably before 1410 AD
Dimensions: H=21.75" W=46.25" D=18"

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†Price $3825.00

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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 05 May, 2013.

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