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Painted Pegam Prayer Table From Tibet With Original Painting - 19th Century

Painted Pegam Prayer Table From Tibet With Original Painting - 19th Century

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    Painted Pegam Prayer Table From Tibet With Original Painting - 19th Century

    M886

    $3,162.00

    This antique Tibetan prayer table is an incredibly good example of a pegam with its original painting, dating from the 19th century. Pegams were used by monks for reading manuscripts and they are rare to find today. Painted in the traditional way with stone and mineral pigments.

    The chest is constructed from Himalayan cedar wood and painted with kyungbur raised gesso work. The body of the cabinet has three phoenixes symbolising the midday sun of the south. This imagery was likely inspired by Chinese culture. Until relatively recently Chinese officials and emperors were dedicated patrons of Tibetan monasteries and temples funding the Tibetan Buddhist arts. 

     

    Below, there is an original drawer with a foliate design and the scalloped back panel depicts a painted Zeeba / Zipak / Kirtimukha, a monstrous floating demon head. Known as the 'Monster of Greed' (T'ao t'ieh in Chinese), 'Creature Without a Name', or 'Face of Glory'. The story of Skhanda Purana states that the Zeeba was a demon born from the blaze of Shiva's third eye. When his prey, Rahu repented and was forgiven for his sins, Zeeba was ravenous and devoured its own body leaving just the head and hands remaining. Shiva henceforth requested he remains as a guardian to his doors for all eternity. 


    Pegams (as with antique Tibetan furniture in general) are becoming increasingly rare. Our expert team has sensitively restored this piece, cleaning the residue whilst retaining its age and patina.

     

    Dimensions:

    68 x 37 x 61 (wxdxh cms)

     

    Further Reading:

    For similar examples see Auspicious by Design: A Collection of Antique Tibetan Painted Furniture by C Corona - Plate 48 and Wooden Wonders: Tibetan Furniture in Secular and Religious Life by Kamansky (plate 106).

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

     

     

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    • 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
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  • 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

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    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.


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