, we prefer to refer to these pieces as cabinets to
avoid confusion with the storage boxes, which some people also refer to as
If you want to read more about Tibetan furniture and cabinets in particular,
please refer to our
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
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
Tibetan antiques if you need to learn more.