This beautifully painted cabinet was made in Tibet around 1900. It was made from pine and is decorated with symbols of Tibetan Buddhism. This type of furniture was made for monasteries and the decoration served the purpose of teaching and to aid with meditation. The two central doors are decorated with paintings of the Snow Lion, Tibet's national animal. The other panels depict thinking jewels, cintimani, in an offering bowl, framed with two sets of elephant tusks. The background is decorated with billowing grasses and floral motifs. Just underneath the top edge of the cabinet runs a carved T- or thunder wave, which is common in offering cabinets or altars. The sides and the top show traces of the original paint.
At the top of the cabinet two open recesses give access to a storage space that extends across the width and depth of the cabinet. Its bottom runs along the level of the second dotted line from the top. The doors give access to one continuous internal space that sits underneath the top open storage space and extends across the whole width and depth of the cabinet.
Even if one does not know about the symbolic meaning of the decoration, which was designed to foster the development of a clear and cheerful mind, this piece will make a very special, uplifting contribution to a contemporary home.
Dimensions: 94(w) x 41(d) x 86.5(h) c
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