Art made in Tibet by Tibetan monks

Antique Tibetan Buddhist Altar and tea table

Starting at: $985.00

Typical Tibetan Buddhist tea table; the left front door shows evidence of the tea pot being placed on occasion too close the the doors and damaging the art work. It would have been stationed in the center of a room with host and guests surrounding it, which is why it is painted on all four sides. The two front doors, with a Snow Lion on one and an elephant on the other, open using the center divide. This style is typical of the 16 and 1700s. The Snow Lion and the albino elephant are excellent art work; the clouds have an abrupt cut-off of the mare's tail that was typical in the early art work. One point of special interest is the purple pigments seen on the doors, purple was a very rare pigment and was unstable during storage, so it had to be used within a very short period of time, once applied however it remains stable. The sides have a very ornate double Dorje laid out nicely in the kyungbur, with 24kt gold inside of the kyungbur designs. The back again is done in monochrome with the central design of the Infinite Knot that is interconnected with durva grass design. The kyungbur on the back and sides is excellent, a bit thicker than what one would have seen 100 years earlier, yet not as thick as in the 1800s and later. The T-wave just under the top is only carved horizontally, the verticals are painted. The zigzag design along with the T-wave became the norm during the 19th and 20th centuries. The top is not painted, however has a heavy wax and soot residue and there exists some splitting of the boards, which are attached with wood dowels that can be seen from the top. There is some damage on this piece other than the front right door, most of it at the bottoms of the legs; please examine the images carefully; the price has been discounted for these blemishes. The piece has had the soot and wax cleaned, although much still remains as it pooled inside of the kyungbur outlining. An acrylic preservative coating to the art work and Watco furniture oil on the unpainted wood has been applied to preserve both the painting and the wood. Comes with a COA signed by one of the monks, an iconography and images of the lama that blessed this tea table.

Age: late 1700s
Materials: oil pine, and other woods
Dimensions H= 17 1/8 " W= 20 3/8 " D= 14 1/4 "

To view larger images and read the iconography see main listing.

C016-02 Price $985.00 PLUS SHIPPING ~ EAST COAST $264.00 ~ MIDWEST $245 ~ MTN STATES $219.00 ~ WEST COAST $192.00; other destinations, contact for a quote


  • Model: C016-02 elephant and Snow Lion
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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 09 August, 2015.

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