An antique Tibetan tall wooden storage jar or altar vase made of a dark brown coloured wood with applied brass buddhistic motifs with red coral and turquoise coloured beads.
This tall Tibetan or Nepalese vase stands 11 3/8 inches high and dates from around 1900, possibly earlier. It has been turned and carved with hand applied decorative brass motifs. It has been dyed a blackish brown with the original colour of the wood showing through in places.
The motifs include birds, flowers and, most prominently, the face of Mahakala, an important Tibetan God and protector of Buddha's teachings.
Some of the motifs are decorated with red coral and turquoise coloured beads. We are unsure of the original purpose of this piece - it could have been purely decorative and symbolic, an altar piece for example, or may have been for serving at the table or storage. There are signs of wear near the rim indicating that it may originally have had a lid or cover. It is 7 inches in diameter at the rim and weighs 1419 g.
It is in good antique condition with a minor chip to the rim, some losses to the brasswork and some beads missing. There is a tear or split at the top of one of the Mahakala motifs and a little paint marking the the interior.
This is a really great display item and I have also listed a similar piece, a Tsampa, from the same collection so please take a look at that too.
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