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Beautiful Royal 18th C. Sino-Tibetan Gilded Iron Plaques- Seven Flaming Jewels of Royal Power Motif

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A very fine paired set of 18th C. Tibetan gilded iron plaques with Sino-Tibetan designs of dragons centered around the Seven Jewels of Royal Power motif (rgyal srid rin chen sna bdun (LaRocca 2006). These Seven Jewels of Royalty are the: 1. Wheel 2. Jewel 3. Queen 4. Minister 5. Elephant 6. Horse 7. General. These seven possessions are the insignia and symbols of a Universal Monarch.

The placque appears to have been split at some point but clearly displays the identical carving and are mirror images of each other, and may have been made in this manner specifically possible to be inset into a book cover or another sacral object.

Very fine original condition throughout with exceptional detailed carving and gilding.

Overall length is 9 1/2" long and 1 1/8" wide.

Reference: LaRocca, D. (2006)- Warriors of the Himalayas- Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet

 

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