Art made in Tibet by Tibetan monks

Antique Tibetan Buddhist temple altar

Starting at: $1,585.00

Great piece of antique Tibetan Buddhist furniture, the yak on the right door is an excellently depicted robust animal; long hair that is typical of the wild yak. Looking carefully at the two front doors the edges of the cloth backing of the painting is noticeable. This technique is a very common feature of painted Tibetan furniture, and one of the ways to tell if it is authentic. The two front doors, which open using the center divide, are typical of the 15 and 1600s. The sides are laid out nicely in a very delicate kyungbur, are monochrome with 24kt gold inside of the kyungbur designs. This thin kyungbur was the norm until about 1700, when it thicken up, becoming about 5 times the thickness going into the 20th century. The design on the sides is a Double Dorje with durva grass in the corners of the panel. The top, which is not painted, is attached with wooden dowels which are exposed on the top. This is one of those pieces that is not cleanable; this is generally noticed when an item is over 400 years old. The probability is that this table received much use in a warm room; the things that effect the soot and wax (coated with bee's wax when made and soot settles from incense and lamps) are temperature and exposure to natural light; items that were seldom used and kept in dark unheated rooms generally clean nicely, while items that would have been in northern exposed doorways will not clean at all and will have serious degrading of the pigments such as this altar: note that the interior of the doors is very dark and this usually indicates use in a temple. There is a small split in the top along a wood join. Comes with COA and iconography.

Age: circa 1500
Materials: Juniper, and other woods
 Dimensions H= 21.5 " W= 25 " D= 14.9 "

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C016-09 Price $1585.00 PLUS SHIPPING ~ EAST COAST $264.00 ~  MIDWEST $245 ~ MTN STATES $219.00 ~   WEST COAST $192.00; other destinations, contact for a quote


  • Model: C016-09 Yak tiger and deer
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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 28 July, 2019.

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