a pair of banner-covers (gyal tshan)

silk brocade and silk appliqué and embroidered
Tibet, 19th cent.
high: 98 cm; diameter each: 27 cm.

these covers were meant for offering-banners on an altar; one gyal tshan was a cilinder of white, the other of black yak-hair.
in each cover the inscription: ha dge chos ldan rgyal mtshans phul.

Another, identical, pair is in the Wereldmuseum, Rotterdam (Bodhimanda-collection), The Netherlands, also with the same inscription.
ex-coll. J.Gerena, New York.

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