Torgam doors with Mahakala

18th-19th century, painted raised gesso on wood, private collection.

18th-19th century, painted raised gesso on wood, private collection.

A torgam is a sort of cupboard used to keep offerings to wrathful deities made of butter and flour called tormas. The doors above depict Mahakala, some cups made of human skulls resting on three skulls, containing tormas and other offerings (see below).

19th century, same as before.

19th century, same as before.

The above skull cups both contain offerings related to the five senses (eyes, ears, heart, nose, tongue).

19th century, painted wood, private collection.

19th century, painted wood, private collection.

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Painted chests

Late 18th century, Tibet, chest to store thangkas, private collection.

Late 18th century-early 19th century, Tibet, chest to store thangkas, private collection.

18th century, Tibet, painted wood, conch design, private collection.

18th century, Tibet, painted wood, conch motif, private collection.

15th century circa, Tibet, painted wood, flaming jewel design, private collection.

15th-16th century, Central Tibet, painted wood, flaming jewel design, private collection.

18th-19th century, painted wood, private collection.

18th-19th century, painted wood, private collection.