Chinese Silk Brocade Wall Hanging for the Tibetan Market
The textile has a black ground with three large roundels with the image of the lotus flower emerging at its center. The hanging has the eight (Buddhist) Emblems of good fortune. The bottom of the textile has definite Tibetan references with a border of flames and skulls Munda Malas. Instead of representing reduction or death, the skull signifies the Buddhist concept of emptiness which in Buddhism is considered to be a quality of the universe. The textile has Buddhist symbology throughout.
Circa: 19th c.
Origin: China for the Tibetan Market
Dimensions: 57" X 69"
Inventory number: TX4871