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Trunk (with flaming jewels and adoring Kinnaras)


Creation date: 17th century (or later)
Creation place: Tibet

Other Information

Type: Wood Trunk
Medium and Support: Wood
Credit Line: Gift of Ruth Sutherlin Hayward and Robert William Hayward
Accession Number: 2015.4
Dimensions: 21 1/4 in. x 36 5/8 in. x 14 3/4 in. (53.98 cm x 93.03 cm x 37.47 cm)
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04/14/2017 Diana Chou
This trunk was made to hold Buddhist manuscripts and ritual objects, and the decoration on it was intended to match the sanctity of those contents. The jewels surrounded by golden flames at the center of the box, for instance, represent the wisdom of the Buddha burning away ignorance. They are venerated by two kinnaras, half-bird, half-human beasts that populate the heavens.

Last Updated: 3/8/2021

Exhibition

This object was included in the following exhibitions:

Wooden Wonders: Tibetan Furniture in Secular and Religious Life Pacific Asia Museum , 11/13/2004 - 2/13/2005

Arts of South and Southeast Asia The San Diego Museum of Art , 1/20/2017 - 00/00/00

Bibliography

This object has the following bibliographic references:

Mr. David Kamansky, ed. Wooden Wonders: Serinda Publications, Inc.. Chicago, Illinois, 2004
Page Number: 252, 253, Figure Number: 74

Dr. A. J. Jull. Wooden Wonders: Serinda Publications, Inc.. Chicago, Illinois, 2004
Page Number: 345 Plate 76

Ms. Lucia Corona and Ms. Camilla Hulse Corona. Wooden Wonders: Serinda Publications, Inc.. Chicago, Illinois, 2004
Page Number: 34, 48, 49, Figure Number: 20 (detail)


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