Thursday, 26 August 2010

A large copper portable shrine or gau with a hand painted image of the female protector Palden Lhamo. 98 mm x 80 mm x 15 mm

A small Garuda or Khyung bird. Holds a snake in his hands.  
38.72 mm (length) x 23.10 mm (width) 22.59 mm (height).

A small Phurba or Kila thokcha. 36 mm x 6 mm

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Above: Dorje Palmo or Vajravarahi with a garland of skulls. 
Copper with faint traces of gilt. 12th Century. 5.9 cm x 3.9cm

The Dorje Palmo shown above is one of my favourite pieces currently housed in The Ashmoleum Museum in Oxford, England. They have a wonderful collection and it is well worth paying them a visit.  Dorje Palmo (also Phagmo) or Vajravarahi is seen in her typical dancing posture and wears a garland of human skulls. The head of a female pig can clearly be seen protruding from her own head. This symbolises the complete dispelling of ignorance.

A 13th to 14th century Phurba, currently housed in The Ashmoleum Museum in Oxford, UK.

Monday, 5 July 2010

An amulet that probably represents a
seated Padmapani or Khasarpani
(a form of Chenrezig or Avalokitesvara). 
40 mm x 24 mm

Tuesday, 15 June 2010

A Bhutia woman, Sikhim. Wearing several 
necklaces comprised of coral, amber, dZi 
and gau amulets. c.1868 to 1875

Monday, 7 June 2010

A very small copper statue of an unknown Tibetan guru. One hand is in the earth touching mudra and the other appears to be holding a dharma text. Faint traces of gilt remain. This rupa may have been placed inside a gau (portable shrine) or possibly housed inside another statue or stupa. The underside is hollow to allow for the placement of sacred substances and mantras. 27.63 mm x 18.75 mm

Monday, 31 May 2010


A Sikhote-Alin meteorite from Eastern Siberia. 
This piece reminds me of a Garuda. 68 mm x 42 mm.

Saturday, 29 May 2010

Vajra or Dorje. 26.07 mm x 13 mm

Tuesday, 25 May 2010

Old mala counters with cloud design.

Thursday, 20 May 2010

"Namchak Ter Phurba discovered by Nyang Ral Nyima Ozer, which belonged to Lama Gonpo Tseten Rinpoche, given to him as an offering by HH the XIV Dalai Lama of Tibet." A Ter or Terma is a treasure believed to be hidden by Padmasambhava. Namchak literally means 'Sky Metal' and so this Phurba is believed to be made from meteorite.

Saturday, 15 May 2010

A small gau. 24 mm x 19 mm. These very old pieces are rarely seen complete.

Copper alloy Tsa Tsa mold depicting Green Tara. 70 mm x 54 mm


A Tibetan man wears a round silver ornament in his hair, embossed with concentric elements that perhaps represent the petals of a lotus flower.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

These three thokcha (with display card) can be found in the Men-Tsee-Khang Materia Medica museum in Dharamasala, India. The museum was inaugurated by the 14th Dalai Lama in 1997.

Melong amulet. 40 mm

Kangling (thigh bone trumpet) thokcha. This is an interesting piece that possibly belonged to a statue of Padampa Sangye. 57 mm x 13 mm

Vajra thokcha 39 mm x 11 mm

Vajra thokcha 40 mm x 13 mm

An old set of silver bell and dorje mala counters.

This piece displays two dragon-like smiling heads.
58 mm x 17 mm

Garuda or Khyung thokcha 32 mm x 35 mm

Flaming jewel or norbu thokcha 
14 mm x 9 mm

Armor plate thokcha 68 mm x 68 mm

Yak thokcha 16 mm x 18 mm

Horse thokcha 24 mm x 15 mm

Horse and rider thokcha 34 mm x 27 mm

A plaque (recent repro based on a known antique piece) displaying the "Four Dignities": the Garuda (wisdom), the Dragon (gentle power) the Snow Lion (fearless joy), and the Tiger (confidence). In this piece two dragons are displayed and the Garuda is at the apex. 63 mm x 50 mm

Vajrapani thokcha  43 mm x 34 mm