Tibetan Twelve Drawer Dragon Cabinet

c. 1850
$9,800 USD
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Dimensions
W: 41.25" D: 21.0" H: 46.5"
Materials
Wood
Paint
Lacquer
Purchase Quantity
Collection #
D005
Estimated Shipping
$745

The number twelve figures prominently in Tibetan astrology, making this painted chest’s dozen drawers the perfect canvas to honor the year of the dragon. Tibetan astrology recognizes a 12-year cycle, characterized by 12 animals, including the dragons that wind their way on this expressively lacquered chest. The gessoed dragons symbolize ambition, dignity and success. Camouflaged by lush flowers and vines, each writhing dragon clutches in its claws a lotus flower, representing purity and perfection; and a peach for immortality. We acquired this chest decades ago, at the time that painted Tibetan furniture first appeared on the market. It is the one and only chest of drawers we have ever encountered from Tibet.

Additional Dimensions:
Drawers: 17.5"W x 16.5"D x 5"H

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