A leather bound document box
Tibet, 15th/16th century
Pigments and metal; of trapezoidal form with a deep hinged lid and scalloped edge to three sides. The face of the trunk has two embossed and incised gold kirrtimukhas (face of glory) roundels within a field of leopard spot on a black ground. The golden borders are worked in interlocking 'Y's that extends over the lid and the sides. The whole is bound by metal bindings and tear-drop finials, the hinge at the back is inlaid with a gold ovoid form.
20 x 10 ½ x 14 in. (50.8 x 26.7 x 35.5 cm.)