Art made in Tibet by Tibetan monks


Antique Tibetan Buddhist Altar table

Starting at: $1,575.00

This altar's general theme is the Four Noble Truths that lead to the Dharma. The front, back and both sides feature symbols that represent the Four Noble Truths in some creative depictions. The front and back, both of which are almost identical, have at their center panel four yogurts in a group and 4 yogurts, one at each corner. On the adjacent panes the Four Noble truths are represented by Ashoka petals and then 4 smaller petals in green that when combined with the four Ashoka blossoms represent the Eightfold Noble Path or the 8 spokes of the Dharma Wheel. The top, which shows signs of wear and some color loss features lotus blossoms and lotus buds in the midst of durva grass, one of the Eight Bringers of Good Fortune. 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, the large variances in temperatures have made effective cleaning difficult; this is evident on the sides. 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. The altar was made after a devastating genocidal attack by a Muslim army that killed more than half of the population in the Golden Valley. Details are available in the book "The Golden Valley; The Untold Story of the Other Cultural Center of Tibet", which comes with the altar table. This altar comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, and pictures of the lama that blessed this altar.

Dimensions: H=19.4" x W=31.4" x D=15.75"
Age: circa 1930-40
Materials: Juniper and pine

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Price $1575.00, plus crating and shipping
Shipping: West Coast $255, Mtn. States $269, Mid West $288, Atlantic coast $305 Other destinations contact us for a quote.

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  • Model: C402-08 4 Noble truths
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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 25 October, 2013.

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