Ladakhi female headdress

Undated, Ladakh (ancient Tibetan kingdom), female head ornament, private collection, photo by Lempertz.

The beads and cabochons are sewn onto a dyed woolen cloth.


Red portable shrine

17th century, Tibet, ga’u, gold, silver, turquoise, pearl, at the Tibet Museum in Lhasa (Tibet).

The shrine contains a small statue of Amitayus and has an effigy of Amitabha or Shakyamuni at the top.

Ornate tea cups

19th century, Tibet, iron inlaid with silver and gold, private collection,

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.

Same, silver alloy and jade, private collection.

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.

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.