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.

Party time: let’s dance!

17th century, Tibet, Citipati, bone, private collection, photo by Cornette de Saint-Cyr.

17th century, Tibet, Citipati, bone, private collection, photo by Cornette de Saint-Cyr.

This is most likely a piece from a ritual bone apron used for Cham dance.

17th or 18th century, Tibet, dancing skeleton, human bone, private collection, published on Finch&co.com.

17th or 18th century, Tibet, dancing skeleton, human bone, private collection, published on Finch&co.com.

19th century, Tibet, Chitipati, apron plaque, bone, private collection, published on zenakruzick.com.

19th century, Tibet, Chitipati, apron plaque, bone, private collection, published on zenakruzick.com.

 

Amulet box with Manjushri

Four-armed Manjushri, Tibet, private collection, photo by Koller.

Ga’u with Four-armed Manjushri, Tibet, private collection, photo by Koller.

Manjushri is seated in the vajra position on a couple of mythical creatures, brandishing his sword and holding a manuscript at heart level with his main hands. The other hands hold a bow and an arrow. He is adorned with a five-leaf crown, jewellery and a celestial scarf. His hair is topped with a lotus bud finial.