A large, well-preserved “sutra-board” (book-cover) of carved wood with remains of colors. The central, recessed panel w. the talismanic character of the Kalacakra Tantra sorrounded by the Eight Good-luck Symbols in lozenges inside a border of small swasticas. The outer bands have mantras carved in ornamental Phagspa script in raised relief. The left end of the board w. carvings according to tradition. Tibet 15–16th cent. H 24 cm, L 69 cm. Condition: Excellent to very good. General wear due to ...click for details
A collection of 35 Buddhist and Bön ritual cards (tsagli) painted w. colors on coarse or heavy paper from several different sets, of which the most interesting and rare depicts female demons belonging to the Bön religion (15 pcs). Many w. identifying labels in " Ume " script, some w. prayers as well. Tibet, 18–20th cent. (around half of the pcs. are late 19th to beginning of 20th cent.). H 11/13 cm, W 8/10 cm Condition: Of mixed quality but generally quite worn. Two pcs. are fragmented ...click for details
A thigh bone trumpet (Tib.: Mikang Lingbu) for Tantric Buddhist ritual w. traditional mounting in yak-leather (top) and brass (mouthpiece). Most probably 19th cent or earlier. L 30 cm. Condition: Fair (considerable wear from use).
A very fine, small Tantric Buddhist hand-drum (damaru) fashioned from two pieces of skull bone (top parts). The connecting band of silver is richly worked w. a scroll-pattern and inserted pieces of coral and turquoise. From the handle hangs a triple-layered lapel made of brocade silk and cotton (this appears to be slightly later than the drum). 19th cent. L 13.5 cm, W 12 cm. (drum). Condition: Excellent but with ware due to use.
An extremely rare tool for grating precious stones (serdar) such as coral, turquoise, lapis lazuli and shell. Made of iron, gold and silver. The serdar (together w. a special file) is used for powdering various precious stones and minerals to be mixed with the clay for making votive amulets in clay (tsatsa). 18th cent. L 14 cm. Condition: Excellent (natural wear from use).
A fine, Five Buddhas crown made of gilt and coloured papiermache with cloth backing. Each Buddha rendered with his special attributes and iconography. Ritual crowns of this type were used in various Tantric Buddhist ceremonies including those of yidam-initiation (personal deity) and homa (fire ritual), both important practices in the Esoteric Buddhist tradition of Tibet and Mongolia. The Five Buddhas, Vairocana, Rathasambhava,, Amoghasiddhi, Amitabha and Akshobya each represents a special Buddha ...click for details
A rare, small votive image of coloured stone depicting a seated lama in meditation on a lotus-seat. In all likelyhood meant to be placed within an amulet-box (gau). Original sealing removed, but mantras still in place in the hollowed-out bottom.Tibet, probably Kham, 18–19th cent. H 7 cm. Condition: Very good.