Superbly carved Buddha seated in the lotus position.
Made of organic material that is most probably yak bone.
Has two well-defined borders.
The back shows some nails so it may have been a part of personal shrine or Ghau prayer box.
Estimated to be from the 1800s
13cm x 9cm
History of this piece: Tibetan pilgirms offer these prayer wheels at monasteries as a token of worship. These offerings are then auctioned sometimes. This and the other prayer wheel 1288 and a few other items were acquired in such an auction.
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.