A leather bound document box Tibet, 15th/16th century

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Lot 1019
A leather bound document box
Tibet, 15th/16th century

Sold for US$ 15,625 inc. premium
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.)

Footnotes

  • Dale Gluckman notes (ibid, p.83) "On a Tibetan silk appliqué thangka of Shrabdrung Ngawang Namgyal (1594-1651), dated the late 17th, early 18th century, the robe draped around his seated body is made up of silk and metal thread interlocking 'Y' pattern fabric. A wall mural at the Shalu monastery kora dated to the 14th century shows a trader leading a camel with a small leather chest with sloping sides and scalloped lid. In Christopher Buckley in Tibetan Furniture, Floating World Editions, Warren, CT, 2005, p. 29, he notes that "These are made of heavyweight yak hide stitched together with strips of leather. The outside is usually reinforced on all sides with iron or brass straps, riveted in place. Two or more lugs are normally added on the sides or he front of the chest so that carrying straps can be passed around it."

    Provenance:
    Collection of Jonathan French

    Published:
    David Kamansky, editor, Wooden Wonders: Tibetan Furniture in Secular and Religious Life, Chicago, 2004, no. 62, p. 240.
    Tony Anninos in Arts of Asia, Vol. 30, No. 1, January- February 2000, no. 18, p. 112.

    Exhibited:
    Wooden Wonders: Tibetan Furniture in Secular and Religious Life, Pacific Asia Museum, Pasadena, CA, Nov. 13, 2004 – February 13, 2005.
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