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Tibetan or Nepalese cloth Mandala for family altar

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Tibetan or Nepalese cloth Mandala for family altar
This cotton cloth mandala painted with yellow, red, green and white pigments with a blue background and red and yellow borders is of Tibetan or Nepalese origins. Beyond the mandala each corner is decorated with a crossed vajra (vishva-vajra). The four long cords extending from the corners indicate that the mandala was meant to hang from the ceiling and its relatively small size would indicate that it would have been used in a home over the family shrine.

The mandala measures twenty-one and a half inches square and the cords are each twenty-six inches long. The cloth is in good condition. Over all the piece shows the effects of many years of smoking butterlamps.

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