Lot 144: An antique monastic trunk Tibet, 18th Century

Florence Number Nine

April 5, 2014
Florence, Italy

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An antique monastic wooden trunk (gam) decorated  with finely decorated recurring frontal motifs, reinforced with iron hinges and lock. Trunks like this were used to contain valuable objects such as gifts from devotees to the monastery including brocades and ceremonial accessories, or for storing the Cham dancers’ masks and costumes. The trunks were among the treasures inventoried by the monasteries and were considered an integral part of their wealth. They were often commissioned by religious authorities and the decoration was carried out by the most skilled masters of thangkas of the period, or were donated by the faithful who chose the best wood and most skilled artists to add value to their offering. In this example, three mythical beasts guard the valuable content that was destined to be conserved in this trunk. The central medallion depicts a snow lion, surmounted by an open lotus flower upon which a bowl full of gemstones (ratna) rests, the sides bear two makara, with sinuous bodies and their trunks raised upwards; intricate floral motifs complete the work.

The decoration with its oxidised pigments is very elegant and is present on only one panel, the other sides are a fine natural pine wood with a characteristic patina that has been gained over time.

lxhxp 78 x 48 x 35 cm
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