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Tibetan Silver Clad Conch Shell Trumpet

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1920: item # 487537

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Tibetan Silver Clad Conch Shell Trumpet
The conch is one of the eight auspicious symbols of Tibetan Buddhism. It is also a powerful amplifier of sound and as such is used for the call to prayer. Buddhism adopted the symbolism of the conch from Hinduism and it represents the truth of the dharma in Buddhist practice.

We categorized this item as an antique because the shell certainly is, though we want to make clear that the silver work with inlaid turquoise and coral is contemporary. No matter what people say, nearly all the silver clad conch shells on the market these days have been embellished with new silver fittings. It is exceedingly rare to come across a genuinely old silver clad conch for sale.

This is a large and heavy piece. It measures 13" from end to end. It also features a lavish amount of silver work, with both ends entirely clad in silver and the wide opening lined inside and out with more. Along the only exterior shell which shows have been fashioned eight medallions featuring representations of the auspicious symbols. A kirtimukta stares out from the outside of the opening, and an array of animals and birds parade around the spiral top near the mouthpiece.

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