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A Private View: Property from the Country Home of Christopher Cone and Stanley J. Seeger

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Tibet, 20th century
'TIGER' RUG

Provenance

Christie's, New York, 30 June 2004, lot 9

Catalogue Note

The present lot features a repeated highly stylised tiger stripe motif, a device associated particularly with Tibetan rugs. These were objects of importance and often gifted to high ranking lamas or monastic institutions by benefactors or pious attendees. The tiger is an important beast in Tibetan Buddhism and features across a range of art. Rare and costly pelts are depicted in frescos and thangkas (scroll paintings), as seat coverings, costumes and as loin cloths on some sacred figures. These evocative objects have been cited as being meditative in nature during prayer and other rites. During Losar (Tibetan New Year) these rugs are used in dance, a rite called Tse Gutor - rtse dgu gtor, enacted to provoke protective deities to cleanse away sins for the forthcoming year. The use of orange, an important colour in Tibet in its own right, against a blue background is particularly dramatic.

A Private View: Property from the Country Home of Christopher Cone and Stanley J. Seeger

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London