11. Large Painted Trunk
61" wide x 25" deep x 33" high
This Lhoka, or curtain style trunk is painted in a Ming style, featuring a central design of flaming jewels in red. The simplicity of the red on black is stunning. The unusually large size, condition and early date of this piece make it exceptional. The top has a central opening which is covered with a simple wooden lift-out door - known as a "nam-go", or sky-door). The top is a dark natural wooden patina covered with a clear lacquer.
Detail: detail of triratna central motif