These Tibetan trays are definitely a part of their wide array of painted wooden ware even if they don't quite fit into the category of furniture. They had both a secular and a religious usage. One finds them in monasteries holding sacred objects as well as in homes serving treats and tea.
The one we are showing here measures 17" x 8.5" by 3" in height. It is in good, sturdy condition, although as ...click for details
This carved panel is part of a set of panels from a Bhutanese monastery. It
portrays Garuda, who is particularly popular in Bhutan. Here he stands on the
ground destroying one serpent in his talons and another in his beak. In the four
corners of the panel are auspicious bats all facing Garuda.
The panel measures
16 by 18.5 inches. The bat at the lower left is missing a portion of his left wing; otherwise the pan ...click for details
People are reluctant to believe that a Tibetan table like this could be four to five hundred years old, but we now have an authorative source to verify such an age for this table. The Tibetan furniture exhibition catalogue, Wooden Wonders, used sophisticated Carbon 14 analysis to date many of the pieces. It shows a table extremely similar to this one in style, construction, and coloration and dates it to the 16th-17th century. (p. 199). The table owes it excellent condition to the extremely ...click for details
Probably because of their portability small Tibetan boxes tend to be painted on all sides, whereas the larger boxes which sit on the floor are usually only painted on three sides. This box has been decorated on five sides, but as can be seen from the photographs, the artist devoted most of his efforts to the painting on the front. It shows two elephants facing each other and each carrying an offering tray of jewels and ivory. Between them is an umbrella, and in the the foreground is yet anot ...click for details
We can tell you that this mask originates in the middle hills of Nepal, but we can't tell you with any certainty what it represents. I like to think it is a cat, which is a fine irony, because its nose and left ear appear to have been gnawed on by a mouse.
At any rate is is a very creative mask made from a single sheet of leather shaped and dried into its present form. The leather has been doubled over and shape ...click for details
Religious festivals in the Kathmandu Valley are marked by dances performed by groups of masked and costumed dancers accompanied by a band of musicians. Lakhe is a demon, and lakhe dances are a particularly popular event with two dancers wearing these these frightful masks and great manes of yak hair battling each other with wooden swords.
Many of the masks used in the Kathmandu valley are made of papier mache and s ...click for details
This odd looking arrow-shaped object is a needle case used by nomadic Tibetans. Like Tibetan matchstrikes and wallets, it is worn from the waist on a belt.
The very hard but slightly pliable yak leather case holds the Tibetan version of a pincushion. Pull down on the bottom piece of leather and the pincushion holding the needles becomes accessible. A very ingenious way of keeping needles and their owner out of harm ...click for details
Shamanism is broadly practiced in the hilly and mountainous regions of Nepal where the shaman is indispensable in protecting members of village society from harmful or evil forces. The shaman (of jhankri) does his work by leaving the world and going into a trance.
To fight off evil spirits while in a trance the shaman has to wear several layers of protective armor, including a necklace or bandoleer of bells. Bells ar ...click for details