The general theme is leading a healthy life style, understanding interrelations as a path to enlightenment. The top is exquisitely painted, employing a nice symmetry, with a large Tsebum set in the Pure Lands of Shambhala. The sides have a nice blue, for ether, Infinite Knot flanked by two Lotus blossoms in full bloom. There is an iconography available as a meditation aid for this altar, see below. This beautiful altar table was made for use in a Labrang (lama's residence) in central Tibet. When altars are painted on all 4 sides they are made to be placed in the center of a room with sufficient space to walk around. They were always circumambulated in a clockwise direction. This altar is painted on front, top, back, & both the right & left ends. This altar was never used and has been stored for decades, having been made for use in south central Tibet. The advent of WWII made transport of these altars to precarious and it therefore stayed at the Sange Monastery, unused. The only metal hardware on this piece are the brass Silk Road transit tax coins and round pull on the drawer-fronts at each end. This altar comes with a Certificate of Authenticity, an iconography explaining the theme and meanings of the various icons, a map of the Amdo region where the Sange monasteries are located, and pictures and additional information about the monasteries and people of the Golden Valley; there is also pictures of the lama that blessed this altar.
Dimensions: H=20 x W=32x D=16
Age: mid 20th century
Materials: Juniper and pine
To view larger pictures and see iconography see main listing
Price $1395.00, plus shipping & handling
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This product was added to our catalog on Wednesday 14 July, 2010.