This ceremonial implement has a three-sided blade topped with a makara and a handle with the head of a wrathful god (possibly Vajrapani) whose hair is tied with a snake and decorated with a vajra finial.
Tibetan women traditionally wore in their headdress a round silver ornament inlaid with turquoise and coral and decorated with an embossed pattern (or several). It is unusual for this object to be decorated with skulls.
This outstanding ritual flaying knife has a row of lotus petals at each end of the handle and the blade is decorated with an unusual serrated design imitating flames.
This reliquary is decorated with incisions including a wheel and a knot of eternity among foliage at the front of the base, a turquoise-inlaid flaming jewel (triratna) on the upper rim, geometrical motifs on the stepped plinth over the lotus, beaded festoons and pendants inlaid with turquoise above.
A simpler design also with festoons and beaded pendants at the top.
Here the artist has used tiny stone and coral cabochons, and larger lapis lazuli, coral and turquoise pieces for the moon and sun finial.
Garudas, known as khyung in Tibet, usually hold a long snake between their hands and through their beak. The hands may be held at chest level…
… or the arms may be spread above shoulder level.
This one looks like a winged bull rather than a garuda.
Vajrapani brandishes a vajra sceptre in his right hand and holds a bell in the other, placed against his hip. He is adorned with snakes and wears a tiger-skin loin cloth. it is not clear what protrudes on each side of him.
This interesting collection features two togchags which are almost identical (top and bottom left of photo) and very similar to the previous item except for the absence of a securing rod below him. The top middle figure is a classic version of 13th century circa brass Vajrapani sculptures with a muscly body, his right leg bent, wearing snake anklets, bracelets, necklace and sacred thread, the head of the tiger skin resting over his raised knee. The lower middle figure is in fact Achala, whom we have seen in a previous post. On the top right togchag the bell is clearly visible against his left thigh. The bottom right amulet is a rare portrait of Vajrapani with a bird, possibly a peacock.
Achala brandishes a sword above his head and holds a lasso wound around his forefinger, his flaming hair standing on his head, a tiger skin worn as a loin cloth.
This one wears a celestial scarf with split ends
The curator of the museum tells us that such oval amulet boxes are known as kerima, which means kidney, due to their shape.