A few apron plaques

16th century or later, Tibet, apron plaque, bone, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (USA).

This dancing skeleton stands on a double lotus base, its right foot on a skull (the lower jaw missing).

17th-18th century, Tibet, apron plaque, bone and ivory, at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (USA).

A four-hand female in a dancing pose on a lotus pedestal, Kirtimukha underneath. She seems to be holding a staff.

18th century, Tibet, apron plaque, bone?, private collection.

A similar character, holding a drum and a staff in her upper hands.

Same as before.

This one has a vajra sceptre and a skull cup in her main hands.

Undated, Tibet, bone, private collection.

This more elaborate one depicts various tantric figures and mythical creatures, including a garuda at the top.

Circa 16th century, Tibet, apron plaque with Vajravarahi, bone, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (USA).

Circa 16th century, Tibet, apron plaque, bone, at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York (USA).

A two-handed dancing female, and Kirtimukha below.

 

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Vajradaka, top part

18th century, Tibet, Vajradaka, brass with turquoise inlay, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art.

Top part of a ritual black sesame seed burner, depicting the head of Vajradaka with his mouth wide open for the smoke to come out. See more about this deity on Himalayan Buddhist Art (himalayanbuddhistart.wordpress.com), right hand side, Tibet> wrathful deities and on the Himalayan Art Resources website.

Toad flasks

Undated, Eastern Tibet, Toad flask, bronze (copper alloy), private collection, photo by Astamangala.

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.

Circa 18th century, Tibet, brass with leather straps, at the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena (USA).

Circa 18th century, Tibet, brass with leather strap and wooden stopper, private collection, photo by Michael Backman Ltd.