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Home Altar
For daily worship in the home of a wealthy man

Artist/maker unknown, Tibetan

Made in Tibet, Asia
Possibly made in Kham Province, Tibet, Asia

Late 19th - early 20th century

Wood with polychrome decoration; leather fittings

6 feet 10 inches × 10 feet 2 inches × 12 1/2 inches (208.3 × 309.9 × 31.8 cm) Base: 34 inches × 10 feet 2 inches × 12 1/2 inches (86.4 × 309.9 × 31.8 cm) Top: 48 inches × 9 feet 7 1/2 inches × 9 inches (121.9 × 293.4 × 22.9 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

* Gallery 325, Asian Art, third floor (Imasogie Gallery)

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Purchased with the Stella Kramrisch Fund, 2004

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This altar arrived at the Museum covered by a thick layer of soot and disassembled into seventy-six pieces. To better preserve and understand the altar, a pioneering scientific study is currently underway. The results of the ongoing conservation treatment are discussed online here.

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