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Tibetan Book Cover

Tibetan Book Cover


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1492: Item # 1397187

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14thC Tibetan Book Cover. Superb example. Evidence of likely having been turned into a shelf or other piece of furniture during the Cultural Revolution to hide it from being destroyed. As seen in the photos--evidence of dowels on the back, small notch cut in the front. Remarkable central figure. When I bought this twenty years ago, the front was almost all grey/black. One night I got the strong feeling there was something underneath, so I took some museum wax and a soft cloth and gently rubbed on the surface for nearly an hour, and the eyes, lips and horns, plus the red and gold design around the edge all gradually appeared out of the dark. The hair on my arms literally stood up as the eyes appeared (after almost twenty years of only knowing this as a dark shadowy figure). The main figure almost seems alive. I've seen no other book cover like it. Significant wear but in no way takes away from the beauty of this amazing piece. 28 3/4 inches by 10 1/4 inches for the book cover only and a little over 13 1/2 inches tall when on its custom base.

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