A parcel-gilt silver repoussé folding altar table (tepchog)
Tibet, circa 18th century
The top is incised with a lama presenting a Mt. Meru mandala offering before a table crowded with ritual implements, and surrounded by a Garuda, tiger, dragon and snow lion in the four corners. The frieze contains auspicious substances and symbols, with animals flanking three lamas in the center. The panel panel contains eight dancing offering goddesses playing instruments and presenting offerings. The side panels contain the eight auspicious symbols.
20 ½ x 8 x 8 in. (52 x 20.3 x 20.3 cm.)