Art made in Tibet by Tibetan monks

Collapsing Altar and reading desk deposit


Masterful art work on this lama's reading desk endowed with a classic design. The sides have an endearing Zipak on pactitioner guard duty complete with his jewels of wisdom. The front has a wonderful set of Buddhist symbols that speak volumes: a 24ks gold offering bowl, emanating subtle energy,that contains Cintamani, the Precious Queen's earrings and the Precious elephant's tusks along with the auspicious Treasure Jar and a jar of Tse Bum. The excellently rendered top has a winter dragon with the usual flames at the joints and Cintamani ready to be clutched by the paws. It was used by a lama to read and teach the Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. The end supports pivot underneath the table top, the entire front support then pivots over the top of the two end supports into a cavity (image not of this reading desk) that is under the top. The apron continuing around to the back side is done in the hallmark kyungbur that originated at the Sange Monasteries in the 13th century. The gold work on the sides and front is 24kt gold. The size of the top is just perfect for reading the conventional loose leaf pages of Tibetan scriptures. These scriptures are printed using wood blocks. Ghomar Monastery, just across the valley has a print house and a vast repository of the woodblocks used for printing. The opening in the back allows for the reader to sit in the diamond position with the top over their legs. More information is available in our recently published book that is available here and on Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity brush signed by a monk at the Sange monastery, a PDF of the iconography with images and a PDF of the lama that blessed the table.

Age: circa 1930
Dimensions (overall) H=12" W=30.25" D=13.5"

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item #C500-29   $975 with crating and shipping

deposit  $300 followede by 3 monthly payments of $225

desk to be shipped after deposit made.


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This product was added to our catalog on Friday 14 November, 2014.

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