A meditation table Tibet 17th/18th century

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Lot 1025W
A meditation table
Tibet 17th/18th century

Sold for US$ 8,750 inc. premium
A meditation table
Tibet 17th/18th century
Ground mineral pigments and wood; the plain rectangular top above a double-panel foliate carved frieze and similar apron, centered by a precious jewel, raised on elaborate cabriole legs with scrolling floral terminals. 35 ½ x 13 ¼ x 18 ½ in. (90.2 x 33.7 x 47 cm.)

Footnotes

  • As noted by Luca and Camilla Corona in a discussion of low tables and their function (ibid, pp. 53 and 54) " The chogtse, or general use tables, were ubiquitous, used in monasteries in the front of monk's seats, in private apartments of lamas and in the homes of laity. In Tibetan homes and monasteries, with the exception of a few aristocratic families in the twentieth century, Western-Chinese style chairs were not used. Instead everyone sat on cushions of various heights on the floor, or in the case of lamas, on wooden platforms with cushions. Likewise, the monks during teachings and ceremonies in the monasteries sat on cushions and rugs on the floor. These tables were used to hold the pecha, Tibetan sacred text, that were to be read during the ceremony; ritual instruments, especially the dorje and bell; and of course cups of tea, which were drunk throughout the day in both homes and monasteries. These low tables were small and light enough to be moved as the occasion required".

    Provenance:
    Acquired from Lucca Corona, Kathmandu, Nepal, 2004.

    Published:
    David Kamansky, editor, Wooden Wonders: Tibetan Furniture in Secular and Religious Life, Chicago, 2004, no. 8, p. 185.

    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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