Rare Ningxia Tibetan Buddhist altar hanging rug. Dating is difficult on this piece due its near pristine condition, so conservatively I will say this pre 1960. The style, quality of weaving and colors indicate a much older piece (circa 19th century). W: 158cm/62in and L: 151cm/59in. This has classic Buddhist imagery- the central floral medallion represents the Buddhist Wheel of Law (Darmachakra)- 8 spokes symbolizing the Eightfold Path, next to it are a deer and trees which represents “Deer Park” Sarnath, where Buddha first preached his doctrine. At the base are waves with Mt. Meru in the center, the sides are flanked with Buddhist/Taoist auspicious symbols at the top are three Taotie/Qiling faces. I have seen a lot of copy old Ningxia as early as 1990 hitting the market but these were always poorly woven and artificially stressed, this piece is an authentic votive piece originally destined for a temple. There are three small spots of pile loss (warp and weft completely intact) and very small loss on the lower right corner (H: 1cm x W: 2cm). These are highlighted in close ups 3, 4 & 5. Close up of flaws available on request.