The Tibetan Buddhist altars iconic theme is that of obtaining the bodhichitta mind by removing poisons as evidenced by the peacocks blue throat. This table primarily served as a tea table. Tea tables were lower than the standard residential altar by 3-5 inches. The right front door shows signs of heat moisture damage from the tea pot that was placed on the floor in front of the door. Later the top was used as a work bench after the tea table was retired from tea service and is adorned with multiple splatters of paint. There is an iconography available as a meditation aid for this altar, see main listing. 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 item is painted on front, back, & both the right & left ends. I have cleaned the old wax and accumulated soot from this piece and treated the painted surfaces with a preservative.
There is damage to this piece, which is evident in the images, so please inspect the images closely. In addition to the right front door heat and moisture damage that exposes some of the cloth foundation for the painting there is the following. The top is split towards the rear and is raised up on the right portion of the top. There are two small pieces of wood missing from the back edge of the top. Most of the legs have some missing paint at the bottoms. The back panel is also split horizontally.
The Tibetan Buddhist altar comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, an iconography explaining the theme and meanings of the various icons; there is also pictures of the lama that blessed this altar. [this table's front door is featured in the symbolism section of the book "The Golden Valley: The Untold Story of the Other Cultural Center of Tibet"]
Dimensions: H=17.25" x W=20.5" x D=14.25"
Age: circa 1700
Materials: Juniper and pine
To read more details or see larger images see main listing.
Price $1395.00, plus shipping & handling
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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 19 July, 2016.