Tibetan-Buddhist Ritual Cover
Artist/maker unknown, Tibetan
Called pang-khebs or ten-khebs in Tibetan, ritual covers like this one were intended to adorn an altar or ceremonial throne, or to be used as a ritual offering. The central pattern's "endless knot" signifies eternal continuity. Appliquéd ritual scepters, called vishvavajra in Sanskrit, mark the four corners. Eight auspicious symbols (vase, lotus, conch shell, endless knot, victory banner, wheel of law, parasol, and two fish) embellish the sides.