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    Painted Tibetan Tiger Chest From Kham - Ca 1900

    SKU:M874

    £3,450

    This striking interior decorator piece is an antique chest from Kham in Eastern Tibet. This chest is particularly special depicting a tiger and lion flanking a vase heaped with 'jewels of Tibet' symbolising knowledge passed down by the Buddha. It was likely commissioned by a wealthy patron in the circa 1900 as a gift and offering for a temple

     

    Tibetan chests and trunks were used as storage in homes and monasteries. These chests were used in temples or as family altars for storing religious scrolls, silk ceremonial clothes, family jewelry, and yak butter used in lamps.


    The colours and designs used in antique Tibetan furniture are very decorative. Much of the design is painted using a kyungbur raised gesso technique found almost exclusively in Tibet. Noticeably, this chest has tiger skin paintings on the sides. Tiger (tak in Tibetan) played an integral part in Tibetan culture and the skin represents the transference of anger into wisdom. This tiger design is another clue to this chest's age as this became more commonplace as tigers were hunted to extinction in much of Asia.

     

    There have been some restorations in China as is evident from the brass Chinese hinges on the lid. This chest has been consolidated and restored in our Wiltshire workshops by skilled conservators to slow down the aging process and preserve this work of art for future generations. 


    Dimensions:

    144 x 40 x 83 (wxdxh cms)

     

    References:

    For a similar example see Wooden Wonders: Tibetan Furniture in Secular and Religious Life by Kamansky (plate 96)

    See Tibetan Furniture: Identifying · Appreciating · Collecting by Chris Buckley, (figure 133) for a similar example. 

    For further information on Tibetan symbolism, see Tibetan Buddhist Symbols by R Beer. 

     

    From Tibet

     

    UK Delivery Charge - except Highlands & Islands £40

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    Dimensions: W144 x D40 x H83 cm


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    This striking interior decorator piece is an antique chest from Kham in Eastern Tibet. This chest is particularly special depicting a tiger and lion flanking a vase heaped with 'jewels of Tibet' symbolising knowledge passed down by the Buddha. It was likely commissioned by a wealthy patron in the circa 1900 as a gift and offering for a temple

     

    Tibetan chests and trunks were used as storage in homes and monasteries. These chests were used in temples or as family altars for storing religious scrolls, silk ceremonial clothes, family jewelry, and yak butter used in lamps.


    The colours and designs used in antique Tibetan furniture are very decorative. Much of the design is painted using a kyungbur raised gesso technique found almost exclusively in Tibet. Noticeably, this chest has tiger skin paintings on the sides. Tiger (tak in Tibetan) played an integral part in Tibetan culture and the skin represents the transference of anger into wisdom. This tiger design is another clue to this chest's age as this became more commonplace as tigers were hunted to extinction in much of Asia.

     

    There have been some restorations in China as is evident from the brass Chinese hinges on the lid. This chest has been consolidated and restored in our Wiltshire workshops by skilled conservators to slow down the aging process and preserve this work of art for future generations. 


    Dimensions:

    144 x 40 x 83 (wxdxh cms)

     

    References:

    For a similar example see Wooden Wonders: Tibetan Furniture in Secular and Religious Life by Kamansky (plate 96)

    See Tibetan Furniture: Identifying · Appreciating · Collecting by Chris Buckley, (figure 133) for a similar example. 

    For further information on Tibetan symbolism, see Tibetan Buddhist Symbols by R Beer. 

     

    From Tibet

     

    UK Delivery Charge - except Highlands & Islands £40

    More delivery options available at checkout


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    DISPATCH

    • - Non-furniture Delivery: 2-5 working days

    • - Furniture Delivery: Within 1 - 2 weeks

      (We'll call you to arrange a specific delivery date)

    • Free UK mainland delivery on orders over £100 | Use code "DELIVERY" at checkout

    RETURNS

    • - Hassle Free Returns

    • - Return your order within 28 days for a full refund (excluding delivery charges)

    • - Items must be returned in a resalable condition

    • - Collections can be arranged on request

    • Product Specific delivery charges visible above "Add to Basket" button and in Checkout (scroll up)

    • Additional charges may apply for deliveries to highlands, islands, out of area deliveries and collections. 

    • International Delivery: Please contact us for quotes on individual pieces

    Trade & Wholesale

    Our origins are in wholesale, so from movies to restaurants, retailers to architects, we have a long history of supplying our trade clients with unusual and unique oriental furniture & decorative art. 

    Whether purchasing for resale or buying on behalf of a client, we offer trade discount pricing to:


  • Retail Stores
  • Interior Designers
  • Film & Photo Studios
  • Architects
  • Event Producers

  • For all trade and wholesale enquiries please email us with your contact and business name, company registration number & VAT number (if applicable) to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

    Prop Hire

    Looking for that one off iconic piece for an event or requiring props for a filming or a photography shoot? You will have seen our oriental antique furniture & decorative art in the James Bond films, The Golden Compass and many others.


    For all prop hire enquiries please send emails to enquiries@indigo-uk.com or call 01672 564722


    For full details, visit our Trade & Wholesale Page

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