Antique Tibetan pair of low folding tables. Originally used by Buddhist priests for teaching and praying, these unusual tables fold down for travel. The front and sides of the table are hinged on wooden dowels and fold into the tray created by the table top when it is turned upside down. Painted with colorful scenes of birds and flowers. The table top surface is painted with red lacquer, decorated with gold dragons in the center and fruit branches in the corners. The back is left open to allow for the priest to sit with knees tucked under the table. Provenance: From Handley Estate.
18th Century or later
Dimensions of each: 16" high x 32" long x 16 1/4" wide