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"It is not impossible that objects belonging to nonhuman beings may fall
into human hands; quite a few of such marvelous objects do exist."
~ Chögyal Namkai Norbu ~


Thogchags or thokcha (Wylie: Thog lcags) are worn as amulets by Tibetans and people of the Himalayan regions for protection and healing. They can be seen in many different forms and often depict tantric deities, sacred animals, auspicious symbols and mantras. Many can represent ritual supports such as a mirror, phurba or vajra for example. Some are rather abstract in nature and the meaning of the form has long since been lost in antiquity. Others may simply be ancient arrow points, buckles, body armor or even old horse trappings. Genuine pieces are believed to be made from any combination of meteorite, iron, bronze, copper and sometimes other metals. Some pre-Buddhist pieces may be as much as 3000 years old and originate from Persia or Central Asia. The rarest and most sought after Thokcha are said to be made from meteoric metal known as 'Namchak', which literally means 'sky iron' or 'sky metal'.

Thog or Thok can mean first, primordial or thunderbolt (Bellezza). The word chag or chak means iron or metal. So the name thogchag is often translated as 'thunderbolt iron' or 'primordial iron'. This also supports the belief that thogchag are created from lightning strikes or are self manifesting. In Tibetan medicine, thogchag are seen to have certain healing properties and are sometimes prescribed to heal ailments such as epilepsy and paralysis. Chögyal Namkai Norbu tells us that they were also used as supports for protector deities and astrological calculations. In some cases they are also considered to be objects belonging to three classes of nonhumans. These beings are known in Tibet as: Lha - celestial beings of the sky, gNyen - powerful beings such as deities of the land, and Lu - the naga beings of the underworld.

Ancient and older thogchag pieces are becoming increasingly difficult to find and some rare amulets are very costly. We offer a selection of pieces that are believed to be ancient, antique and some are more recent creations. We are unable to authenticate their exact age and place of manufacture, however, the majority of our pieces are sourced from Tibetan traders in Tibet and the Himalayan regions of India and Nepal. We also source a small amount from private Tibetan collections that were gathered long before replica pieces were being made.
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Antique Bronze Figurine of the Goddess Durga
Antique Bronze Figurine of the Goddess Durga
Our Price: £690.00

A delightful bronze figurine of the Goddess Durga. Seen here wielding a sword and riding a lion. This piece has a thokcha-like quality that develops from hundreds of years of rubbing and handling. It was sourced in Nepal but mostly likely originated from India.

Condition: Excellent with beautiful patina commensurate with age.
17th/18th C
Material: Bronze Alloy
Origin: India
52.5 mm x 42 mm
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 Mandala Thokcha
Antique Mandala Thokcha
Our Price: £580.00

A lovely looking mandala thokcha. Prized in Tibet and the Himalayan regions. Genuine pieces are almost impossible to find now.

bronze thokcha 63 mm x 50 mm
Age: 15th Century or earlier
Origin: Tibet
Large Armour Plate Thokcha
Large Armour Plate Thokcha
Our Price: £550.00

A fine example of an armour plate thokcha displaying twelve raised beads. One of the largest pieces of its type that we have seen.

bronze/copper alloy 84 mm x 69 mm
Age: 15th Century or earlier
Origin: Tibet
Antique Plaque Thokcha
Antique Plaque Thokcha
Our Price: £450.00

A large antique plaque or armour thokcha with two lines of triangular or zig zag motifs. Polished smooth from centuries of handling and being worn as an amulet

condition: Mostly very good with weathering commensurate with age.
bronze alloy 69 mm x 53 mm
Origin: Tibet
Age: 12th to 15th C
Dome Shaped Button Thokcha - 37 mm
Dome Shaped Button Thokcha - 37 mm
Our Price: £410.00

A line decorated thokcha with a suspension hoop on the reverse. Pieces such as this are often worn around the neck as an amulet, attached to malas or even sewn onto Chöd drum or damaru tails. Displays a lovely patina from centuries of being worn and handled.

bronze/copper alloy 21 mm
Age: 12th Century or earlier
Origin: Tibet
Dome Shaped Button Thokcha - 21 mm
Dome Shaped Button Thokcha - 21 mm
Our Price: £380.00

A lovely dome shaped thokcha with suspension hoop on the reverse. Pieces such as this are often worn around the neck as an amulet, attached to malas or even sewn onto Chöd drum or damaru tails. A wonderful old piece with a Melong or mirror like quality.

bronze/copper alloy 21 mm
Age: 15th Century or earlier
Origin: Tibet
Double headed Makara Amulet - 19th C
Double headed Makara or Chu Srin Amulet - 19th C
Our Price: £350.00

A very splendid antique double headed Makara or sea dragon (Tibetan: Chu Srin) focal pendant. Representing the water element, the Makara can be seen on the corners of temple roofs and as a guardian to temple gateways. They are also incorporated into ritual weapons such as phurbas and curved flaying knives. The Makara is often viewed as a symbol of good fortune and wealth in the Hindu, Newari and Buddhist traditions. This uncommon amulet will come strung on cord with an antique Tibetan amber bead.

Origin: Himalayan
Condition: Mostly very good with patina commensurate with age.
bronze/copper alloy
with genuine antique amber bead (14 mm)
size of pendant: 65 mm x 27 mm
Age: 19th C or earlier

Armour Plate Thokcha
Armour Plate Thokcha
Our Price: £350.00

A fine example of a Tibetan armour plate with four extending hooks (very hard to find). Prized as a form of thokcha in Tibet and the Himalayan regions.

bronze/copper alloy 67 mm x 63 mm
Age: 15th Century or earlier
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Armour Plate Thokcha
Armour Plate Thokcha
Our Price: £310.00

A Tibetan armour plate. Prized as a form of thokcha in Tibet and the Himalayan regions.

bronze/copper alloy
68 mm x 70 mm
Age: 15th Century or earlier
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Armour Plate Thokcha
Antique Armour Plate Thokcha
Our Price: £290.00

A large antique plaque or armour thokcha with two lines of cross motifs (possibly double vajras) with flowers or Dharmachakra wheels in each centre. Polished smooth from centuries of handling and being worn as an amulet

condition: Mostly very good with weathering commensurate with age.
bronze alloy 70 mm x 53 mm
Origin: Tibet
Age: 12th to 15th C
Authentic Antique Gau Thokcha
Authentic Antique Gau Thokcha
Our Price: £250.00

A bronze alloy thokcha in the form of a gau or protection amulet. With two suspension holes worn smooth from centuries of handling.

Prized in Tibet and the Himalayan regions.
bronze/copper alloy 34 mm x 20 mm
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s
Antique Tibetan Silver Spoon
Antique Tibetan Silver Spoon - 19th C
Our Price: £195.00

A lovely well proportioned Tibetan silver spoon. The handle is engraved with a snake-like design at the apex. Spoons such as this have been valued for centuries in Tibet and the Himalayan regions. The reverse appears to have a makers inscription.

Spoons were typcially used for taking medicinal remedies and 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.

140 mm x 40 mm
Material: Tibetan Silver
Age: 19th C
25 grams
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Authentic Antique Vajrapani Thokcha - 12th to 14th C
Authentic Antique Vajrapani Thokcha - 12th to 14th C
Our Price: £170.00

A bronze alloy thokcha in the wrathful vajra wielding form of Vajrapani. Unfortunately the head and part of the lotus pedestal has long since been lost. A comparable complete piece can be seen on the Sotheby's website here.

Prized in Tibet and the Himalayan regions.
bronze alloy 62 mm x 53 mm
Age: 12th to 14th C
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s
Authentic Thokcha with Circlet design
Authentic Thokcha with Circlet design
Our Price: £165.00

A great looking antique Thokcha that has a dark patina and is polished smooth from centuries of handling. This piece would have originally had three circlets and now only two remain.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s
Age: Many hundreds of years old
Material: Bronze/copper alloy

Large Eurasian Steppes Panther Belt Ornament - Ancient Replica
Large Eurasian Steppes Panther Belt Ornament - Ancient Replica
Our Price: £150.00

A large bronze belt ornament in the form of a stylised panther with snakes. This is a replica of an ancient form that is typical of Nomadic art that stretched from Moldavia all the way to Siberia.

length 5.5 inches width 3.5 inches
Sourced in Mongolia
Antique Tibetan Silver Spoon
Antique Tibetan Silver Medicine Spoon - 19th C
Our Price: £150.00

A lovely well proportioned hand beaten Tibetan silver spoon. The bowl is engraved and the apex of the handle diplays a flaming jewel design. In the centre of the spoon handle is a raised turquoise cabachon. Spoons such as this have been valued for centuries in Tibet and the Himalayan regions.

Spoons were typcially used for taking medicinal remedies and 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.

122 mm x 38 mm
Material: Tibetan Silver
Age: 19th C
21 grams
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Antique Tibetan Brass Medicine Spoon - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Brass Medicine Spoon - 19th C
Our Price: £150.00

A lovely looking antique medicine spoon inlaid with turquoise and displaying a fine usage patina. It has an old repair on the suspension hole at the reverse, allowing it to be worn on the body. This was clearly a treasured possession.

100 mm x 25 mm
Material: Brass
Age: 19th C or earlier
24 grams
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Authentic Thokcha with Sun & Moon design
Authentic Thokcha with Sun & Moon design
Our Price: £140.00

A great looking antique Thokcha with a sun and crescent moon design and three jewels at the apex. The sun and moon symbolises the union of wisdom and compassion. This is a robust piece but there is some loss to the moon.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s
Age: Many hundreds of years old
Material: Bronze/copper alloy

Bronze Makara Tripod Section ~ Thokcha Interest
Bronze Makara Tripod Section ~ Thokcha Interest
Our Price: £125.00

This piece has been elevated to a type of Thokcha and was aquired already strung so that it could be worn as an amulet. It is likely that it originally formed part of stand that supported a water torma offering bowl. Two Makara heads can be seen in the centre of this piece. It has a lovely patina from age and handling.

bronze/copper alloy 95 mm x 85 mm
Age: 18th/19th C or earlier
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Vajrapani Amulet
Vajrapani Amulet
Our Price: £120.00

A bronze amulet depicting Vajrapani and designed to replicate an ancient Thokcha.

50 mm x 40 mm
Himalayan/Nepal
Matched Pair of Iron Bell & Dorje Rings
Iron Bell & Dorje Ring Set - Hand Carved
Our Price: £108.00

A rare iron Bell & Dorje Ring Set. Unique to Garuda Trading.

These rings are made for us by a maker of ritual Phurbas in the Tibetan settlement of Deradhun, India. Many man hours are involved in the creation of each set because iron is incredibly difficult to carve. Iron is a metal that has long been prized in Tibet for its special qualities and is often associated with the Dharmapalas and the weapons they wield. These rings are quite large, so it would be wise to check your ring size before you make your purchase.

Material: Iron
Ring size 19.25 mm
US size 9

actual length of Bell & Dorje approx 25 mm

Only available as a set.

Tip: If rust appears on any of your ritual objects made from iron then gently apply olive oil with a toothbrush (used only for this purpose) and dry with a soft dry cloth.
Antique Tibetan Thokcha Bell
Antique Tibetan Thokcha Bell
Our Price: £100.00

A great looking bell that has developed a patina from centuries of use and daily wear. Bells such as this are elevated to the level of Thokcha (Wylie: thog lcags) in Tibet and are therefore prized and worn as amulets or attached to ritual items. It has three small holes at the apex and is still very suitable to be worn.

39 mm x 28 mm
Material: Bronze/Copper Alloy
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Nine Prong Double Vajra - 3.5 inches
Nine Prong Double Vajra - 3.5 inches
Our Price: £85.00

A well crafted nine prong double vajra.

Origin: Nepal
Material: Copper
approx 3.5 inches
Rare Iron Phurba or Kila Pendant
Fine Iron Phurba or Kila Amulet Pendant - Large Size - Crafted in Tibet
Our Price: £85.00

A hand crafted iron phurba amulet and practice support from Tibet. Each piece is individually hand carved and can take a considerable amount of man hours to complete. It is extremely difficult to carve iron in this size with such fine detail. They are slightly larger in size than the other iron Phurba pendants in our inventory, which allows for finer detail to be added. They are crafted from a darker iron and additional flames have been engraved on the blade. These are not just amulets that can be worn but are equally valid as travel size ritual supports.

The three sided blade is held in the mouth of the mythical sea creature known as a Makara and represents the power to transform the "three poisons" or kleshas into wisdom. The three wrathful deity heads at the apex represent the three kayas and inwardly represent the three channels of the body.

length approx 7.3 cms
width approx 1.2 cms
Material: Iron Phurba with Iron Earrings
Origin: Tibet (made by Tibetan artisans in Tibet and not Nepal or India)

Please note that these pieces are individually crafted. This means each phurba will have its own unique character. Slight variations in detail should be expected.

Tip: If you notice rust appearing on any iron ritual item, simply use a toothbrush (used for this purpose only) to gently apply olive oil to the affected areas and then remove any residue with a soft cloth. For more stubborn areas, rubbing with wire wool is perfect.
Garuda or Khyung Thokcha
Large Garuda or Khyung Amulet
Our Price: £80.00

A large Khyung or Garuda amulet that was probably created in Nepal to replicate an antique or ancient thokcha.

Material: Bronze Alloy
3.9 inches 3.5 inches
Sourced in Nepal
20th Century
Iron Vajra and Iron Phurba Amulets
Iron Vajra and Iron Phurba Amulets
Our Price: £80.00

A lovely pair of iron ritual implements. Includes a small iron vajra and iron phurba with suspension hoops to allow them to be worn.

approx 49 mm to 56 mm x 9 mm
Sourced in Nepal
20th Century
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament or Strap Accessory - 19th C
Our Price: £80.00

A very nice example of a Tibetan strap accessory from Eastern Tibet. The metal work is a combination of chased silver, brass and copper. The silver is inlaid with sherpa coral and turquoise. Typically worn at the waist.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
Material: Tibetan Silver, Copper and Brass
130 mm x 94 mm

Nine Prong Vajra - 2.9 inches
Nine Prong Vajra - 2.9 inches
Our Price: £65.00

A small nine prong vajra.

Origin: Nepal
Material: Brass Alloy
approx 2.9 inches x 1 inch
Antique Tibetan Ornamental Case Front - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Needle Case Front - 19th C
Our Price: £65.00

An lovely example of a needle case with a nice shape and inlaid with natural red coral. The front is a combination of repoussé and chased silver and the sides are copper. Unfortunately the back is missing, however, it could easily be worn as a large and striking pendant.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
63 grams
Material: Tibetan Silver, Copper
94 mm x 56 mm

Scythian Style Stag Amulet
Scythian Style Stag Amulet
Our Price: £55.00

A very nice bronze alloy amulet depicting a stag. This is most likely based on an ancient Scythian design

59 mm x 56 mm
Origin: Mongolia
20th Century
Rare Iron Phurba or Kila Pendant
Rare Iron Phurba or Kila Amulet Pendant
Our Price: £54.95

A superb hand crafted iron phurba amulet and practice support. We have commissioned a Tibetan family who have been making ritual items for more than 50 years to make these for us. They have used the same skills they use to make full size ritual phurbas. We are delighted with the outcome. Each piece is individually hand carved and can take many days to complete. It is extremely difficult to carve pieces of this size in such fine detail, so these truly are wearable works of sacred art. The three sided blade is held in the mouth of the mythical sea creature known as a Makara and represents the power to transform the "three poisons" or kleshas into wisdom. The three wrathful deity heads at the apex represent the three kayas and inwardly represent the three channels of the body.

length approx 5.5 cms
width approx 1.2 cms
Material: Iron

Please note that these pieces are individually crafted. This means each phurba will have its own unique character. Slight variations in detail should be expected.

Tip: If you notice rust appearing on any iron ritual item, simply use a toothbrush (used for this purpose only) to gently apply oilive oil to the affected areas and then remove any residue with a soft cloth.
Deer Thokcha
Deer Amulet
Our Price: £50.00

A small copper alloy amulet depicting a seated deer, a symbol of the Buddha's teaching.

24 mm x 22 mm
Sourced in Nepal
Garuda or Khyung Thokcha
Garuda or Khyung Amulet
Our Price: £40.00

A Khyung or Garuda amulet that was probably created in Nepal to replicate an antique or ancient thokcha.

Material: Brass Alloy
44 mm x 35 mm
Sourced in Nepal
Double Dragon Amulet
Double Dragon Amulet
Our Price: £40.00

An amulet depicting two dragons within a circle and two zoomorphic animals (perhaps birds) at the apex. A piece designed to replicate an antique or ancient thokcha.

53 mm x 45 mm
Sourced in Nepal
Iron Phurba or Kila Amulet Pendant
Iron Phurba or Kila Amulet Pendant
Our Price: £24.95

A wonderful hand crafted iron Phurba or Kila pendant.

Hand crafted in Nepal
length approx 5 cms
width approx 0.7 cms
Copper Phurba or Kila Amulet Pendant
Copper Phurba or Kila Amulet Pendant
Our Price: £24.95

A wonderful handcrafted copper Phurba or Kila pendant.

Hand crafted in Nepal
length approx 5 cms
width approx 0.7 cms
Garuda or Khyung Thokcha
Garuda or Khyung Amulet
Our Price: £20.00

A contemporary Khyung or Garuda amulet that was probably created in Nepal to replicate an antique or ancient thokcha.

50.11 mm x 37.17 mm
Sourced in Nepal
late 20th Century
Garuda or Khyung Thokcha
Garuda or Khyung Amulet
Our Price: £20.00

A very nice Khyung or Garuda amulet designed to replicate ancient thokcha pieces.

50.11 mm x 37.17 mm
Sourced in Nepal
late 20th Century