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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 items such as a mirror, phurba or vajra for example. Some are rather abstract in nature and the meaning of the form has 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 nearly 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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Fibula Thokcha with Triple Circle Motif
Antique Fibula Thokcha with Triple Circle Motif
Our Price: £350.00

A large fibula thokcha with triple circle motif. Displaying a lovely centuries old patina.

Prized in Tibet and the Himalayan regions.
bronze alloy 59 mm x 32 mm
Age: 15th Century or earlier
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s
Antique Tibetan Chatelaine - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Chatelaine with Kirtimukha (Face of Majesty) Clasp - 19th C
Our Price: £350.00

A very nice example of a Tibetan chatelaine or belt ornament from Eastern Tibet. The metal work is a combination of repoussé and chased silver with gold inlay and this is attached to the original fabric strap. The main piece shows particularly nice silver work and displays the Kirtimukha design with seven raised norbu (gems).

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
98 grams
Material: Tibetan Silver, Gold
main clasp measures 90 mm x 62 mm

Antique Tibetan Silver Belt Ornament - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Silver Belt Ornament - 19th C
Our Price: £300.00

A marvelous example of a Tibetan silver decorative belt ornament from Eastern Tibet. Inlaid with genuine turquoise cabachons. A fine quality heavy piece.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
Material: Tibetan Silver, Copper, Turquoise
95 mm x 90 mm
Armour Plate Thokcha
Armour Plate Thokcha
Our Price: £280.00

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.
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 Takdrol Case
Antique Tibetan Silver Takdrol Case
Our Price: £250.00

A rare antique Tibetan silver Takdrol case. Typically worn at the top of the head and fastened to a top knot. Worn by Ngakpa lamas and Yogis to house an important amulet known as a takdrol. A takdrol is believed to multiply the benefit of Dharma practice by many millions. Inlaid with large coral and turquoise cabachons. Please note that the ends to seal this case are no longer present and the back is misshapen and one of the suspension holes has an old repair.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 54 grams
Age: 19th C
Material: Tibetan Silver, Coral and Turquoise
95 mm x 20 mm
Armour Plate Thokcha
Antique Armour Plate Thokcha
Our Price: £200.00

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

bronze alloy 70 mm x 53 mm
Age: 15th Century or earlier
Origin: Collected in Tibet
Antique Line Decorated Thokcha Ring
Antique Line Decorated Thokcha Ring
Our Price: £200.00

A great looking line decorated bronze alloy ring with a superb patina. There is a small amount of loss to one edge but the ring still remains robust and suitable to be worn. Due to its great age and patina rings like this are always elevated to the level of a Thokcha in Tibet. A great piece!

27 mm Diameter
11 mm width
Age: 15th C or eariler
copper alloy
USA size 9 or 19.5 mm
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 faint Tibetan 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.
Antique Tibetan Thokcha Ring
Antique Tibetan Thokcha Ring
Our Price: £185.00

A superb antique line decorated copper ring that is also prized as a form of Thokcha. Worn smooth from centuries of being worn.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: Many hundreds of years old
Material: Bronze/copper alloy
USA size 10.5 or 20.2 mm
Antique Tibetan Silver Dhugu Bracelet
Antique Tibetan Silver Dhugu Bracelet
Our Price: £165.00

A great looking antique Tibetan silver bracelet known as a Dhugu. This is a classic piece with a nice usage patina. Typically worn by women and never removed from the wrist once on. Open ended bracelets have long been popular in Western Tibet and they can be very simple to highly ornate. This piece has faint longevity symbol decoration where the ends terminate.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 42 grams
Age: 19th C
Material: Tibetan Silver
actual width 84 mm
inside width at widest point 74 mm
inside height 57 mm

Antique Tibetan Chatelaine - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Chatelaine - 19th C
Our Price: £165.00

A very nice example of a Tibetan chatelaine or belt ornament from Eastern Tibet. The metal work is a combination of chased silver, iron, brass and copper and this is attached to a leather strap. The silver is inlaid with natural red coral. 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, Iron, Copper, Brass, Coral, Leather
170 mm x 70 mm

Antique Tibetan Silver Pendant - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Silver Pendant - 19th C
Our Price: £160.00

A very nice example of a traditional Tibetan pendant from Eastern Tibet. The metal work is chased silver and is inlaid with a turquoise cabachon. The top has a suspension hole so that it can be worn as a pendant. There is also an additional suspension hole on the reverse. Displays a lovely patina from being worn.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
28 grams
Material: Tibetan Silver with turquoise.
56 mm diameter

Armour Plate Thokcha
Armour Plate Thokcha
Our Price: £160.00

A fine example of a Tibetan armour plate with extending hooks. 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.
Antique Fibula Thokcha
Antique Fibula Thokcha
Our Price: £150.00

A an extremely old and well worn thokcha with suspension hole at the apex.

Prized in Tibet and the Himalayan regions.
bronze alloy 32 mm x 18 mm
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s
Melong Amulet
Antique Astrological Melong Amulet
Our Price: £150.00

A lovely melong amulet that has an old repair so that it can still be worn.

Sourced in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal
approx 52 mm
Melong Amulet
Antique Astrological Melong Amulet
Our Price: £150.00

A beautiful old melong amulet that has an old repair so that it can still be worn. Superb patina!

Sourced in the Himalayan Kingdom of Nepal
height 48.43mm
width 40.33 mm
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.
Antique Silver Kirtimukha (Face of Majesty) Clasp
Antique Silver Kirtimukha (Face of Majesty) Clasp
Our Price: £150.00

A superb looking antique silver clasp displaying the mythical Kirtumukha surrounded by jewels. This piece has some silver content but is undoubtedly mixed with other metals to give more strength to the piece.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
44 grams
Age: 19th C
Material: Silver, Copper
81 mm x 53 mm

Crouching Lion Thogchag
Crouching Lion Thokcha
Our Price: £150.00

A portion of what appears to be a crouching or seated lion thokcha. Worn smooth from centuries of bodily contact. Displays a lovely glowing patina and has two holes for easy suspension. This is a slightly larger piece than the other 'crouching lion'  in our inventory and has a more meteoric look.

bronze alloy
40 mm x 33 mm
Origin: Tibet
Crouching Lion Thogchag
Crouching Lion Thokcha
Our Price: £150.00

A very nice portion of a crouching or seated lion thokcha. Worn smooth from centuries of bodily contact. Displays a lovely glowing patina and has two holes for easy suspension.

bronze/copper alloy
30 mm x 28 mm
Origin: Tibet
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Our Price: £140.00

A very nice example of a Tibetan belt ornament from Eastern Tibet. The metal work is a combination of chased silver, brass and copper. The silver is inlaid with sherpa coral.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
69 grams
Material: Tibetan Silver, Copper and Brass
96 mm x 64 mm

Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Our Price: £120.00

A very nice example of a Tibetan belt ornament from Eastern Tibet. Displays the faces of two snowlions and floral decoration.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
22 grams
Material: Tibetan Silver
60 mm x 45mm

Antique Tibetan Arrow Point Thokcha
Antique Tibetan Arrow Point Thokcha
Our Price: £120.00

A great looking antique arrow point. Arrow points such as this are elevated to the level of Thokcha (Wylie: thog lcags) in Tibet and are therefore prized and worn as amulets.They are particularly favoured because they resemble a kila or Phurba.

43 mm x 14 mm
Age: 12th to 15th C
Material: Bronze/Copper Alloy
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Armour Plate Thokcha
Antique Armour Plate Thokcha
Our Price: £120.00

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

bronze alloy 64 mm x 21mm
Age: 15th Century or earlier
Origin: Collected in Tibet
Antique Iron Seal Stamp
Antique Tibetan Iron Seal Stamp
Our Price: £120.00

An patinised antique iron seal stamp displaying script at both ends.

43 mm x 11 mm
Material: Iron
Age: 17th to 19th C
Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Antique Tibetan Headress Ornament - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Headress Ornament - 19th C
Our Price: £110.00

A very nice example of a Tibetan headress ornament from Eastern Tibet. The metal work is chased silver and is inlaid with a sherpa coral cabachon.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
28 grams
Material: Tibetan Silver
79 mm diameter

Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Our Price: £110.00

A very nice example of a Tibetan belt ornament 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

Antique Tibetan Ornamental Case Front - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornamental - 19th C
Our Price: £108.00

An interesting example with a lovely shape. It is possible it was either used as part of a headress or belt ornament. It is likely to have once been a container that was adapted to be worn for personal adornment. The holes in the sides are indicative of this. The front is a combination of repoussé and chased silver and the sides are copper. It has been inlaid with two genuine coral cabachons.

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

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 were made for us by one of our ritual Phurba makers in the Tibetan settlement of Deradhun, India. Many man hours are involved in the making of each set because iron is incredibly difficult to carve. They are crafted entirely from iron, a metal that has long been prized in Tibet for its special qualities. They 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 been worn smooth from countless years of 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. 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.
Mandala Thokcha - Four Pointed Star
Mandala Thokcha - Four Pointed Star
Our Price: £95.00

A wonderful mandala thokcha in the form of a four pointed star. A small portion of the outer border is missing. Prized 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.
Antique Tibetan Flint Case - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Flint Case - 19th C
Our Price: £95.00

A very nice looking antique traveling leather flint case. With brass ornamental metalwork depicting dragons.

copper alloy
Age: 19th Century
90 mm x 65 mm
Origin: Tibet
Rare Iron Phurba or Kila Pendant
Superior Iron Phurba or Kila Amulet Pendant - Large Size - Crafted in Tibet
Our Price: £85.00

A very fine hand crafted iron phurba amulet and practice support from Tibet. We are delighted to be able to offer work from Tibetan artisans as most modern day ritual items are coming from Nepal and India. Each piece is individually hand carved and can take a considerable amount of man hours 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. They are slightly larger in size than the other iron Phurba pendants in our inventory, which allows finer detail to be displayed. For example you will notice that additional flames have been engraved on the blade. The earrings are also larger and the overall piece is much darker in colour. These are not just amulets that can be worn but are equally valid as 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 7.6 cms
width approx 1.5 cms
Material: Iron
Origin: Tibet

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.
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Our Price: £80.00

A very nice example of a Tibetan belt ornament from Eastern Tibet.

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

Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Belt Ornament - 19th C
Our Price: £70.00

A very nice example of a Tibetan belt ornament from Eastern Tibet. The metal work is chased silver inlaid with sherpa coral and turquoise cabachons.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Age: 19th C
28 grams
Material: Tibetan Silver, Copper and Brass
114 mm x 79 mm

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.
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
Double Deer Amulet
Double Deer Amulet
Our Price: £20.00

A very nice amulet depicting two deer, which are a symbol of the Buddha's teaching. A piece designed to replicate an antique or ancient thokcha.

44mm x 38 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
Three Bodhisattva Thokcha
Three Bodhisattva Amulet
Our Price: £15.00

A very nice bronze alloy amulet depicting the three Bodhisattvas who are Chenrezig, Vajrapani and Manjushri. A piece that replicates an antique thokcha of the same design.

55 mm x 42 mm
Sourced in Nepal
late 20th Century