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19th C. Ningxia Antique Chinese Tiger rug. These types of rugs are buddhist in origin yet made in the Ningxia province of China, used in monasterys. They hung from the ceiling on leather straps, I believe this too has its original straps. I do not know when this found its way to Lhasa, bought in 1999. Common to these Tiger Rugs is the red. I like the thickness to this particular Tiger, strong! Each artist has his own Tiger image he is trying to capture. For me, this is power. I imagine this hanging on the side of the main enterance, scaring the evil away.

The Tiger symbolizes unconditional confidence, disciplined awareness, kindness and modesty. It is relaxed yet energized; resting in a gentle state of being that has a natural sense of satisfaction and fulfillment, referring to the state of enlightenment.