Dharmapala Thangka CentreTibetan Antiques

Painted Bookcover Set

Total view of both covers Total view Left part 1 Right part 1 Right part 2 Left part 2 Cintamani Jewel Comparison of the two Cintamani Jewel of both covers

Tibetan books are always protected by two wooden cover plates protecting the loose pages in between. It happens relatively rarely that both of the covers are being preserved together, as has happened with this set.

This large covers are entirely coated with red lacquer engraved very fine gold decoration. The wide outer border is slightly convex and painted with peony designs upon a ground of scrolling.

The centre panel is even more richly decorated: besides the peonies there are flowers with fruits. In the center the Tibetan symbol of happiness, Cintamani [Wishing Jewel] is depicted.

The extremely fine painting of both covers are very similar, but not identical [see Details].

Both covers are in good condition. There are some smaller, dirty spots [see Details] but almost no damage. Only the upper right corner of one cover is slightly damaged.

The ornamental motifs, the color combination and the painting technique betray a Chinese inspiration

The back is plain.

Age: 19th century

Measurements: 23 x 4.3 x 0.4" | 58.5 x 11.0 x 1.0 cm
Price: 929 $ | 860 €
Material: Wood
High resolution: Display [1.3 MB, 1496 x 3775 px.]
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