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Tibetan Wooden Tray for Losar

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Tibetan Wooden Tray for Losar
Losar is the Tibetan New Years. Based on the lunar calendar it occurs in February or March and its celebration can go on for days. During this time Tibetans make it a point to visit friends and relatives and also to host friends and relatives.

Special foods are made for Losar and special treats are offered to guests. This very characteristically shaped divided box is used to display Losar foods. It is divided so that two different kinds of treats may both be offered. We have seen similar trays holding tsampa flour, dried fruits, nuts, candy, rock sugar. There seems to be no limit to what goes in a Losar tray.

This is an especially nice one because it is made from a wood Tibetans prize, very similar in appearance to the tiger maple or tiger birch known in the west. The front has been painted with Tibetan offerings as well.

The canted box measures 12-1/2 by 6-1/4 inches as the top, and the top of the divider is 9 inches high. Where the bottom meets the canted sides a strip of cloth has been glued into the joint to prevent any cracks from developing. The box has probably been cleaned and refinished fairly recently with the decorative painting having been added at that time. We would date the box itself to the last century.

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