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The Stone Routes Collection ~ This gallery displays a unique collection of antique ethnographic jewellery and artefacts from a bygone era. They were gathered over a period of 40 individual trips exploring Tibet in the 1980s. In 2008 these treasures were displayed in the Museum of East Asian Art as part of an exhibition on nomadic ornaments from Tibet and the Ordos culture. The collection primarily focuses on antique objects used for personal adornment and they are typically hand crafted from Tibetan silver, iron, brass and copper. They are often beautifully mounted with coral and turquoise, a material that has long been prized by Tibetans and people of the Himalayan regions. Objects such as these have almost vanished from Tibet in recent years, so it is a privilege to be able to offer them to other collectors who will continue to enjoy and appreciate them.

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Antique Tibetan Drala Thangka - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Drala Thangka - 19th C
Our Price: £1,500.00
Sale Price: £1,300.00
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A 19th C thangka painting of a Tibetan Drala. Dralas are often viewed as being non-human and related to a class of Gods. In Tibet they are believed to be part of the retinue of King Gesar. According to Chogyam Trungpa the Drala represent 'Wisdom beyond Aggression'.

This painting is believed to show a Drala associated with a particular region or sacred mountain in Tibet. In this thangka he can be seen in warrior appearance riding a white horse. Dralas are typically seen as Dharma protectors that were oathbound by Padmasambhava in the 8th century. At the bottom left is displayed Rahula, an important protector deity of the Nyingma tradition. There are also other classes of beings present such as Nagas in the bottom centre and bottom right. Dralas can also be seen in the sky and at the apex is an unknown lineage guru

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
Condition: Mostly good with weathering commensurate with age.
Measurement with brocade = 18 inches x 31 inches
Measurement of actual canvas = 13 inches x 18.5 inches
Antique Tibetan Silver Belt Plaque Ornament - 19th C
Rare Antique Tibetan Silver Belt Plaque with Snow Lion Design - 19th C
Our Price: £795.00

A stunning example of a Tibetan silver decorative belt plaque from U-Tsang, Tibet. They are particularly popular with the women from Shigatse, the second largest city in this region. Belt plaques were traditionally mounted on leather and a small purse made from leather may have been attached to the suspension hoop on the bottom. This piece is decorated with a dragon at each end and the central zone displays a double snow lion motif. They both flank a bejeweled wishfulfilling tree. It would be hard to find a nicer example.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th/Early 20th C
Material: Tibetan Silver
104 grams
215 mm x 90 mm
Antique Tibetan Takyab for Yaks/Pack Animals
Antique Tibetan Takyab for Yaks/Pack Animals - Early 20th C
Our Price: £750.00

A lovely looking deep red Tibetan Takyab or pack animal rug. This well sized piece was probably used on the lead animal of a Yak train. The wide shape with horns is also very Yak-like and more suited to a Yak than a horse or mule. It is decorated with Yungdrung symbols (Swastikas) and an eternal knot motif. These rugs were also believed to bless the animal at the lead of the train, so that all journeys were accomplished without obstacles. If you turn this piece upside down the letters O and K can be read. The overall condition of the rug is very good with minor weathering commensurate with age. The backside is covered with fabric that is frayed and worn through in places.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
17 inches x 14 inches
Age: Early 20th C
Rare Antique Silver Bead with foliage design - 19th C
Rare Antique Silver Bead with foliage design - 19th C
Our Price: £750.00

This huge antique Tibetan silver bead is stunning and of a quality rarely seen. It displays a harmonious design of winding plant stems amidst foliage and has a lovely patina from many years of being worn. It has a copper core to strengthen the bead. It is very tactile and would make a stunning focal bead on a necklace.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Condition: Very good with minor weathering commensurate with age.
Age: 19th C
approx 35.5grams
Material: Tibetan Silver with copper core
47 mm x 38 mm (hole measures 22 mm diameter)

Antique Tibetan belt ornamented with silver snow lion plaques
Antique Tibetan belt ornamented with silver snow lion plaques
Our Price: £695.00

A beautiful antique belt from central Tibet and typically seen in the regions of Gyantse and Samye. The front includes very fine ornamental silver plaques mounted with brass snow lions.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Material: Tibetan Silver, Brass, Leather, Brocade
total length including straps 42 inches x 3 inches
Size: each ornamental plaque measures 86 mm x 66 mm
Age: 19th/Early 20th C


Old Tibetan Leather Waist Bag with brass and silver studs
Old Tibetan Leather Waist Bag with brass and silver studs
Our Price: £650.00

A wonderful Tibetan leather waist bag. Ornamented with brass and silver sun and moon studs and mounted with natural red coral.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Condition: Mostly very good with weathering commensurate with age.
Leather Age: Mid 20th C (coral silver flower stud and brass moon probably 19th C)
Material: leather with brass and silver studs.
actual bag measures approx 12 inches x 3.25 inches

Antique Tibetan Bullet Pouch - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Bullet Pouch - 19th C
Our Price: £650.00

A rare antique ornamented Tibetan leather bullet pouch. The front has a heavy silver plaque that is inlaid with turquoise and coral and has additional silver buttons with the longevity motif. Above this there is a small silver eternal knot, one of the Eight Auspicious symbols of Buddhism. Next to this there appears to be an abstract thokcha fragment that was believed to have amuletic power. Bullets would have been inserted through the holes at the bottom of the pouch, with the tips sticking out. A fine piece that was clearly cherished.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Material: Leather, Tibetan Silver, Brass, Copper, Turquoise & Coral
Size: width = 3 inches height = 2.7 inches depth = 19 mm
Age: 19th Century


Antique Tibetan Leather Tinder/Flint Pouch (Chuckmuck, Tibetan: Mechag) - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Leather Tinder/Flint Pouch (Chuckmuck, Tibetan: Mechag) - 19th C
Our Price: £595.00

A delightful antique Tibetan leather Chuckmuck purse with flint striker. Ornamented on the front and reverse with silver metalwork and silver and brass stud mounts. The top has a suspension hoop to allow it to be hung from a strap and this is inset with coral and ornamented with silver. A great piece with a lovely usage patina.

Purses such as this also tell a story. Silver studs, plaques and buttons were often removed from purses to be sold or bartered with. On the reverse of this case some studs have been removed long ago, probably to strike a deal or to free up some much needed revenue.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Material: Leather, Tibetan Silver & Coral
Size: width = 5.1 inches height = 3.9 inches depth = 1.1 inches
Age: 19th Century


Antique Ornamented Tibetan Leather Purse - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Leather Purse (Chuckmuck, Tibetan: Mechag) - 19th C
Our Price: £595.00

A great looking antique Tibetan leather Chuckmuck purse that would have been worn by both men and women. Ornamented on the front and reverse with silver metalwork and silver stud mounts. It also displays two silver fish, which represent fearlessness in Buddhism and are one of the eight auspicious symbols or Ashtamangala. The front is inlaid with natural red coral. The top has a suspension hoop to allow it to be hung from a strap. The strap on this piece also displays silver stud mounts. A great piece with a lovely usage patina.

Purses such as this also tell a story. Silver studs, plaques and buttons were often removed from purses to be sold or bartered with. On the reverse of this case some studs have been removed long ago, probably to strike a deal or to free up some much needed revenue.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Material: Leather, Tibetan Silver & Coral
Size: width = 4.7 inches height = 2.8 inches depth = 1.2 inches
Age: 19th Century


Antique Tibetan belt with silver and red coral - 19th C
Antique Tibetan belt with silver and red coral - 19th C
Our Price: £595.00

A rare antique Tibetan silver and brass belt. Inlaid with 19 genuine natural red coral bead cabachons. Hand crafted from a combination of silver, iron and brass. With additional leather ties and buckle so that it can be worn at the waist.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Material: Tibetan Silver, Iron, Brass, Coral, Leather
Size: The actual ornamented part of the belt measures 18.5 inches x 1.25 inches
Each coral cabachon measures approx 12 mm
Age: 19th Century (some of the coral bead cabachons could be much older)


A Collection of Antique Tibetan Silver Spoons - 19th C
A Collection of Antique Tibetan Silver Spoons - 19th C
Our Price: £590.00

A collection of hand beaten Tibetan silver spoons with double bowls and well matched in size. All three are ornamented on the handles and one is engraved with a floral motif and has a suspension hoop on the reverse. Two are inlaid with turquoise. These are wonderful examples that are now very hard to find. Displaying a patina commensurate with age.

Spoons were prized tools used for eating and also for taking medicinal remedies as silver was considered to have special antiseptic properties. The silver itself may have been heirloomed within a family for many centuries before it was eventually used in the making of a spoon or other utensils. It means a spoon may once have started life as several pieces of silver jewellery.

smallest 114 mm x 37.5 mm
largest 116 mm x 38 mm
Material: Tibetan Silver
Age: 19th C
total weight 67.8 grams
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Antique Tibetan Silver Ring with large Coral - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Silver Ring with large Coral - 19th C
Our Price: £550.00

A lovely antique Tibetan silver ring with a large red coral cabochon. This is particularly nice example and one of the finest silver rings in the collection. The large coral is blemish free and is a very desirable colour.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 29.3 grams
Ring size approx 17 mm
size of top measures 33 mm x 21 mm
coral measures 17 mm x 13 mm
Material: Tibetan Silver with large coral cabochon.
Age: 19th/Early 20th C
Antique Ornamented East Tibetan Flint or Tinder Pouch - 19th C
Antique East Tibetan Flint or Tinder Pouch (Chuckmuck or Mechag) - 19th C
Our Price: £550.00

A great looking antique leather tinder pouch or Chuckmuck (Tibetan: Mechag). Tinder and pieces of flint or quartz are traditionally held inside the pouch and a steel striker is attached to the bottom. Being worn on a belt or strap meant that it was always at hand and a fire could be started quickly. It was therefore an essential tool for a travelling nomad. This piece is mounted on the front and reverse with a heavy silver plaque and is inlaid with red coral. The top has a suspension hoop to allow it to be hung from a strap. A great piece with a lovely usage patina.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Type: A Chuckmuck strap mount (Tibetan: Mechag)
Material: Leather, Tibetan Silver plaque on the front, steel, bronze and coral
Size: width = 4.75 inches height = 2.5 inches depth = 20 mm
Age: 19th Century


Antique Tibetan Wooden Cup lined with silver - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Wooden Cup lined with silver - 19th C
Our Price: £550.00

A very nice example of an antique Tibetan wooden tea cup. This piece displays a lovely usage patina and would have been a cherished item in daily use. Lined with silver and the base is also framed with silver.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
Material: Wood and Silver
diameter approx 4 inches
height approx 2 inches

Antique Ornamented Tibetan Leather Purse - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Leather Purse (Chuckmuck, Tibetan: Mechag) - 19th C
Our Price: £550.00

A nice example of an antique Tibetan leather Chuckmuk purse. Ornamented on the front and reverse with silver and brass metalwork, both displaying floral, bat and bird motifs. There are also additional silver buttons with the Gakyil or 'wheel of joy' design. The front is inlaid with coral. The top and bottom is strengthened with brass and suspension hoops to allow it to be hung from a strap. A great piece with a lovely usage patina.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Type: Animal Style Tibetan Mechag Purse
Material: Leather, Tibetan Silver, Brass, Copper, Turquoise & Coral
Size: width = 4.5 inches height = 2.5 inches depth = 1.4 inches
Age: 19th Century