Rkangling, 19th century
Bone; L. 39.4cm (15 1/2in.)
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, The Crosby Brown Collection of Musical Instruments, 1889 (89.4.2562)

Originally, these ceremonial ‘trumpets’ were made from the thigh bone of a dead lama.


Silver tea cups and holders

19th century, Tibet, tea cups and holders, silver with coral, private collection, photo by Pundoles.

The cups have a lid decorated with an embossed pattern and a coral finial. The stem of the lotus holders is decorated with animals.

Antique head ornaments

Woman’s head ornament, Tibet, silver, turquoise, coral, brass, private collection, photo by Lempertz.

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.

Same as before, without brass.