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.
The beads and cabochons are sewn onto a dyed woolen cloth.
The shrine contains a small statue of Amitayus and has an effigy of Amitabha or Shakyamuni at the top.
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.
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 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.