Cabinet for Ritual Utensils

Date: 18th century

Culture: Tibet

Medium: Lacquer and gilding on wood, iron

Dimensions: H. 28 1/16 in. (71.3 cm); W. 18 1/2 in. (47 cm); Wt. 24 lbs (10.9 kg)

Classification: Furniture

Credit Line: Gift of Florence and Herbert Irving, 2015

Accession Number: 2015.500.4.21

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 253
This cabinet was designed to house utensils for ritual activity, likely in a chapel where invocations were performed for the protective deities. It is crowned with a frieze of skulls and framed by dancing skeletons. The iron crossbars reinforcing the doors are embellished with heads in various stages of decomposition.
[ Spink & Son, Ltd., London , by 1990, sold to the Irvings]; Florence and Herbert Irving , New York (1990 until 2015; donated to MMA)
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.

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