Tibetan Traveler's Table with Face of Glory

c. 1900
$1,480 USD SOLD
W: 25.5" D: 12.25" H: 12.0"
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Decorated with intricate carvings and hand-painted polychrome pigments, this low rectangular table Is a late 19th-century Tibetan folding table (choksi), originally used as an altar surface for Buddhist prayer offerings. The tabletop is elevated by a fretwork front and side panels painted with swirling clouds, all of which can be collapsed into the top for ease of travel.

The front-facing fretwork panel is carved in low relief with the kirtimukha, or 'face of glory,' a powerful being believed to be a fearsome guardian of thresholds and sacred spaces. He holds two lotus blossoms in his mouth, a symbol of absolute purity. A testament to the artistry of Tibetan woodworkers, the low stand is crafted with close attention to detail, such as the colorful, inset cartouches decorating the apron or the bumpy texture of the mythical creature’s face and hands.

Removable panels are held in place by the addition of modern nails.

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