Snow Lion Tibetan painted panel
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Directory: Archives: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1910: item # 975645
Please refer to our stock # 17938a when inquiring.
Ipswich, Massachusetts 01938
The snow lion is the national symbol of Tibet and
as such appeared on the Tibetan flag and on official
documents of Tibet when it was independent of
Chinese rule. This mythological animal is portrayed
with a white body and a green or turquoise mane. On this panel it is shown standing with outstretched arms and facing forward.
The chamfered edges of this panel indicate that is was once part of a larger piece, probably a thorgam for holding offerings to a wrathful deity since it came with the two panels (offered separately) of flaming skull cups (kapalas). The panel measures 10.5 x 8.5 inches and is in original condition. It probably dates from the early part of the last century.