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This fine Tibetan easting bowl is of burlwood, probably rhododendron burlwood with high-grade silver mounts.
The interior is entirely covered with plain, hammered sheet silver.
The lower section of the outside of the bowl is repoussed and chased with eight Himalayan snow lions, each following the other.
The foot of the bowl is decorated in silver with a border of lotus petals, and then edged with pearled silver wire.
The underside of the bowl is fully encased in silver and the interior of the foot is decorated with a sunflower motif with a central longevity symbol. The sunflower motif complements the snow lion motifs which are themselves a solar motif.
There is no cracking to the burlwood and there are no repairs. The bowl has a very fine patina and obvious age.
Beer, R., The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs, Serindia, 2004.
Sheeks, R., ‘Tibetan and Mongolian tsampa boxes’, Arts of Asia, March-April 1996.