Altar Table with Makara-Head Legs


Artist
Tibetan (Tibetan)
Date
circa 1700
Medium
Wood, pigments, shellac
Dimensions
: 17 3/4 x 27 3/4 x 13 1/8 in. (45.08 x 70.49 x 33.34 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
Object Number
2014.23.487

Label
In traditional Tibetan culture, high-ranking monks and wealthy lay Buddhists used small altar tables like this for their private devotions. The altars were typically set with seven cups of water to purify the space as well as one or more ritual objects to serve as a focal point for prayers and meditation.

Object Type
Furniture
Wood