Antique Tibetan chest with a singularly rare depiction of an African lion on the top; the detail is most excellent and sets the lion apart from all of the other well done artwork on this small chest. During the late 1800s there was a monk art student at the monastery that came by way of India that spoke English and this may be one of his pieces of work; we do not know if he was an Indian or British, just that he came from India, spoke English and was well educated. The outlining on this piece is heavier than what one usually sees, as generally the detail lines are more fine as one would expect from a thangka painter. The front of the chest has several of Chakravartin's Precious Possessions, all done in very clean artistic renditions; the sides have two sets of peaches from the Pure Lands. The rock formations on the side may be simularca, but I am not sure if it is a lion or a dragon head. Please take time to read the iconography in the main listing
to get an understanding of the richness of karmic thought that comes with this trunk. The handles on the sides and the lid's closure are brass. The copper cladding on the corners is a late 20th century addition. The back has brass hinges that have been recently replaced, this as the usual hinges break after just a few uses. There are some nicks in the paint and on the sides there is some very slight separation where the wood is joined. This trunk comes with a brush-sign Certificate of Authenticity signed by one of the monks at the Sange Monastery. There is also a map of the area, along with historical notes and pictures of the village and monasteries with explanations and other documentation. 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.
Dimensions: W=15.88" H=9.88" D=7.75"
Age: mid-late 1800s
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This product was added to our catalog on Sunday 21 September, 2014.