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Exceptional art work on this reading desk. The design elements of this desk were used as the inspiration for most of the other 20th century desks and the art work is masterful. The Tibetan monastic furniture and art is usually done by a workshop group of a master and his students, this piece appears to have been done by only the most advanced in the group and used as the model for all those that followed. The front and side supports are not done in the usual kyungbur, the apron is done in the kyungbur. The colors are brilliant. The top has a 5 clawed summer dragon, the front support has an offering bowl filled with Cintamani. The sides have a most unique Zipak. This is a portable altar table and is also used primarily as a reading desk. It was used by a high lama to read and teach the Tibetan Buddhist scriptures. The end supports pivot underneath the table top (the entire end boad/support) and then the front support (the entire board with the offering bowl, Cintamani etc.) pivots over the top of the two end supports into a cavity that is under the top. We have just a handful of these old portable altars/reading desks. The gold work is 24kt gold. The back is open to allow room for the reader's crossed legs to fit underneath so the reader does not have to bend forward and strain the back. Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity brush signed by a monk at the Sange monastery.
Age: approx 1900
Dimensions (overall) H=12" W=30.4" D=13.5" (all measurements + or - .25")
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item #C500.08 Price $1485.00, plus shipping: ~EAST COAST $74.00 ~MIDWEST $65.00 ~MTN STATES $59.00 ~WEST COAST $52.00; other destinations, contact us for a quote.
This product was added to our catalog on Friday 29 January, 2010.