Often called chests , we prefer to refer to these pieces as cabinets to avoid confusion with the storage boxes, which some people also refer to as chests.

If you want to read more about Tibetan furniture and cabinets in particular, please refer to our furniture section. There you will find a discussion of various types of Tibetan furniture and some guidelines in how to avoid the repainted pieces and outright fakes from China that are beginning to flood the American market. The items shown here are in our inventory and are available for purchase.

Please be sure to take note of the dimensions of the piece (given with the enlarged photograph). If we could say there is anything like a "typical" cabinet it is along the lines of the first one on this page. This is what we are calling an eleven-panel cabinet, with the four central panels being doors that swing outward. The three horizontal panels at the bottom give extra space to the bottom section. Typical dimensions for a cabinet of this design are 3-1/2 feet wide, 1-1/2 feet deep, and anywhere between 3 and 3-1/2 feet high. That said, there is an endless variety of sizes and shapes that was produced by the Tibetan cabinet maker. In fact some of the cabinets shown here might more reasonably be considered tables.

Finally, we want to say that the cabinets presented here represent genuine untouched Tibetan antique and semi-antique cabinets. You can confidently use these cabinets as examples of genuine Tibetan cabinets to compare to others you might see advertised. Read our section on fake Tibetan antiques if you need to learn more.


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Last updated: Monday, December 17, 2007
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