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Tibetan Box


The central figure of this box is a “chepak” or “zipak”, also know as the “kirtimukha” or face of majesty, fame or glory. This ancient symbol is found, as guardians of doorways, across the Indian Sub continent, South East Asia and China. It is represented as a ferocious animal head, and his face bears a strong resemblance to both the lion and dragon, with curling horns, mane and snout. Only the hands and the head are represented. He is shown swallowing a single large jewel and is surrounded by foliage and blossoms. Painted also on the sides with an abstract tiger skin design.

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