Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
An antique Thai Manuscript Storage Cabinet made of Teak that was used to store and preserve Buddhist scriptures that were written on manuscripts made of palm-leaf as well as text on Buddhism written on Khoi paper. Often donated by wealthy patrons to monasteries, they housed these venerable writings. It was decorated using a technique called Lai Rod Nam that is gold on a black lacquer ground. The front depicts from bottom to top, the underworld to the protectors of Buddhism to the enlightened Buddhas to the angelic Buddhist Apsaras in the heavenly realm.

The two doors open to reveal two removable shelves forming a tri-level storage area.

Age: Early 19th Century

Dimensions: 34 1/2" Wide by 53 1/2" High by 30" Deep
item #1448937