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Kachalinta: Old Tibetan Boxes or Trunks

Tibetan monastic boxes or chests were originally used in the store rooms of monasteries to hold the brocades, hangings, ornaments, Cham costumes, masks and other precious objects that were not used every day. These chests were often offered to the monastery by a sponsor, so each donor would try to use the best materials and the best artists of the time to make the box a worthy offering. They were also commissioned by the monastic authorities themselves, and would have been painted by the thankha painters of that monastery. Often large amounts of gold and the best mineral colours were used in the execution, hence some of the best examples of Tibetan furniture decoration are found on these boxes. Dragons, lotus flowers and flaming jewels are amongst the most popular motifs on the boxes. These are an example of some of the authentic, old Tibetan boxes in stock.



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SB192
18th Century Box
Central Tibet
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SB192 Detail
Classic dragon box, with "kati rimo" field design
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SB290
18th Century Box
Central Tibet

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SB290 Detail

Central cartouche with bowl holding flaming jewels

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SB326
18th Century Box
Central Tibet
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SB326 Detail
Magnificient coloured crane on a lotus

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SB568
18th Century Box
Central Tibet
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SB568 Detail
A striking palatte with a gold dragon in the cartouche
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SB608
16-17th Century Box
Lokha, Southern Tibet


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SB608 Detail
Lotus flower in the centre
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SC837
20th Century Box
Kham, Eastern Tibet
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SC837 Detail
Mythical animal, known as "chepak"