A parcel-gilt silver repoussé folding altar table (tepchog) Tibet, circa 18th century

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Lot 1042
A parcel-gilt silver repoussé folding altar table (tepchog)
Tibet, circa 18th century

Sold for US$ 17,500 inc. premium
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.)

Footnotes

  • As noted by Robert Beér (The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs, Boston, 1999, p. 244) "These offering goddesses are female bodhisattvas, eight of which offer: beauty, flowers, garlands, incense, song, light, dance, and perfume. These goddesses are commonly placed upon the raised red platform that surrounds the five-coloured walls of a mandala palace.

    Published:
    David Kamansky, editor, Wooden Wonders: Tibetan Furniture in Secular and Religious Life, Chicago, 2004, no. 55, p. 231.
    Anne Breckenridge Dorsy in Orientations, Vol. 35, No. 8, November/December 2004, fig. 7, p. 58.

    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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A parcel-gilt silver repoussé folding altar table (tepchog) Tibet, circa 18th century
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