A storage chest
Tibet, 16th/17th century
Ground mineral pigments, cloth, wood and metal; the tray-form lid sits above a painted front panel decorated with a kati rimo style lattice work design around a central cartouche populated by a writhing gilt dragon holding an offering bowl containing precious jewels and gems of the chakravartin set amid large peonies and floral forms. The large gilt scrolling arabesques spandrels and floral cartouche border frames the whole composition.
44 ½ x 16 x 22 in (113 x 40.6 x 55.9 cm.)