Art made in Tibet by Tibetan monks

Antique Tibetan Buddhist Altar

Starting at: $2,385.00

Excellent art work and design symmetry on this well preserved late 15th century Tibetan Buddhist altar table. The front has a mirror on one door and a conch shell on the other; both are floating above Cintamani and other precious Buddhist symbols and offerings. The sides have gold shou/longevity symbols outlined in kyungbur and the eight spoked Dharma Wheel. The gold is covered in a permeated layer of wax and soot that due to the age of the altar is not cleanable. An iconography is available as a meditation aid for this altar, see main listing. There is a shelf inside of the cabinet, which is not common. This item is painted on front and both the right and left sides. I have cleaned the old wax and accumulated soot from this piece as was possible and treated the painted surfaces with a preservative. As it is over 500 years old some of the wax and soot have permeated the painting. Tibetan painted furniture that is more than 400 years old generally have the soot and wax permeating the paint permanently. The insides have not been thoroughly cleaned and are in a relatively "as found" condition, some of the original wax is still present as evidenced by the foggy finish.

The T-wave under the top is done in kyungbur, which was the norm during the 15th century. It wasn't until the 17th century that the T-wave started to become a common feature of Tibetan furniture and then it was carved into the wood. The front frame is adorned with strings of torma offerings, which is a casting out of poisons and delusion. This torma adornment, done in kyungbur and gold is rarely noted; however 15th century altars are also rarely seen.

There is some slight paint loss at the bottoms of the legs. The top has a piece missing from the right corner and and the right back corner of the top is dented. The top also has a separation from wood shrinkage.

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.

Dimensions: H=21.5" x W=24.62" x D=14.25"
Age: circa last half of 15th century
Materials: Juniper and pine

To read all of the details and view larger images see main listing.

Price $2385.00, plus shipping & handling
Shipping: West Coast $195, Mtn. States $219, Mid West $245, Atlantic coast $264 Other destinations contact us for a quote.


  • Model: C008 mirror and conch horn
  • 1 Units in Stock

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This product was added to our catalog on Saturday 22 April, 2017.

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