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Torma chest

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Antique Tibetan chest with a greeting of utmost respect written in Classic Tibetan script followed by a mantra written in the Tibetan Holy script, Lantsa, which is also referred to as Ranjana script on the front of the lid. This is a very difficult holy script to read and there are few who can really read it. My research shows that there is much disagreement between those that think they can. This mantra is seen on two other of the early surviving chests or boxes. The art work is very good, exhibiting unusual detail, especially in regards to the leopard. The long scarf that wraps the Auspicious Treasure Vase on the sides shows advanced artistic ability. The Treasure Vase is radiating subtle energy and plays to the general theme of acquiring wisdom for the benefit of self and others. The top displays a cornucopia of Tibetan Buddhist icons, presenting a message of knowledge turned to wisdom. Please take time to read the iconography to get an understanding of the richness of karmic thought that comes with this trunk. I have also supplied what I can make of the holy text's pronunciation and meaning. The lid's closure is brass and probably a mid 19th century addition while the handles on the side are copper with 17th century coins used as the escutcheon. The copper cladding on the corners is a late 20th century addition. There are some nicks in the paint and on the right side there is some very slight separation where the wood is joined. The trunk has been cleaned as it had a layer of soot and wax on it which obscured the painting detail, after cleaning the painted parts were coated with a clear acrylic enamel to protect the painted surfaces and the unpainted wood was treated with a penetrating Danish furniture oil to provide decades of protection. This trunk comes with a brush-sign Certificate of Authenticity signed by one of the monks at the Sange Monastery, an iconography and details and images of the lama that blessed the trunk.

Material: juniper and oil pine
Dimensions: W=15.75" H=10.75" D=8"
Age: circa 1750-1800

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Torma chest C200-07 Price $989~ Plus crating and shipping = WEST COAST $88 ~ MTN $97 ~ MIDWEST = $102 ~ EAST COAST= $113. Contact David for a quote to other destinations.


  • Model: C200-07 leopard wisdom mantra
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This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 02 September, 2014.

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