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The art work on this altar table is quite exceptional, there is no
contamination of the white which is the norm on pieces of this age. The
Precious Elephant is in full battle dress which is very unusual to see.
is not painted and there is some wood shrinkage resulting in small gaps
in the planks. The sides feature the holy flowers, the Lotus and the
Camp flower, part of the trinity of Tibetan Buddhist flowers. See the
iconography for more information. This table comes with a certificate
of authenticity signed by Do Jee Tse Rang, a Tibetan Buddhist monk at
the Sange Monastery. The wood panels are Asian cedar solids while the
frame is an unknown hardwood. The trim is done in the kyungbur
technique that dominates Tibetan Buddhist art. The only metal hardware
on this piece are the brass coins on the drawer fronts. The hinges of
are wood-pegs in the doors that fit into a hole in the underside of the
top & slide into a groove on the base. The door-pull is the
vertical kyungbured trim in the center of the two doors. The front,
& both sides are hand-painted, the gold is 24kt on the "T" wave
trim just under the top edge and the zig-zag kyungbur frame.
Age: approx 1790-1805
Dimensions (overall) H=22.5" W=24" D=14.5" (inside of doors) H=12.5"
W=21" (drawer) H=3" D=12" W=8" (all measurements + or - .25")
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 26 November, 2009.