Originally, these ceremonial ‘trumpets’ were made from the thigh bone of a dead lama.
This is a particularly well-preserved and decorative example of a series of flasks shaped like a toad, with the corresponding granulated-skin effect. These were probably used by pilgrims of a certain social status to carry water on their journey.
This tea cup and its lotus-shaped holder are richly decorated with a floral and foliate pattern. The lid has a turquoise finial. This type of tea set is known as dhakya.
The lid on this one is richly embossed with dragons on a foliate background, topped with a lotus flower and a jade finial. The stand is missing.
The cups have a lid decorated with an embossed pattern and a coral finial. The stem of the lotus holders is decorated with animals.
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.