The Tibetan Buddhist altar's iconic theme is that of remaking yourself in this life by following the Dharma. This is exemplified by the two phoenix on the front doors and the classic 4 petaled flower design on the sides. The design of the 4-petaled flower would change dramatically in the 19th and 20th centuries; this depiction with the addition of 4 smaller diagonal petals was the start of that transition. The monochrome nature of the side designs totally disappeared by 1800, having been the norm for 400 years.
This table primarily served as a tea table. Tea tables were lower than the standard residential altar by 3-5 inches. This is one of the few tea tables that does not have some heat/moisture damage on the front doors. The door pull looks like the frame and is attached to the right hand door; this door must be opened first. There is an iconography available as a meditation aid for this altar, see main listing. This item is painted on front and both the right and left sides. It was intended to have been painted on the back, as can be evidenced by the T-wave carved on the back's upper frame. The gold and red zig-zag is a transitional zig-zag that would be come the norm or standard 60-80 years later. The top is not painted. The tea table has been cleaned and a preservative added to the painted surfaces, you can see a before cleaning view in the main listing.
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" x W=20.5" x D=14.25"
Age: circa 1750
Materials: Juniper and pine
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Price $1895.00, plus shipping & handling
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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 19 July, 2016.