Pair of Antique Painted Tiger Trunks
Qinghai, circa 1900
Tiger chests were used in Tibet and western China to store clothes and valuable items, the fierce tigers that they were decorated with were designed to deter unwanted intruders and evil spirits. This pair are from a valley on the Tibet border and date from around 100 years ago. The paintings are original and are particularly detailed. Rather than having a top opening hinged lid, these two each have a removable board in the front. This was so that, when stacked one on top of the other, the bottom trunk could be accessed without having to remove the top one. The top surface of each trunk is finished in red lacquer to match the fronts, and a simple brass clasp allows each one to be secured. Great as highly unusual side tables.