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Rare Quality Ritual Conch Shell Trumpet ornamented with repoussé silver and turquoise & coral
Rare Quality Ritual Conch Shell Trumpet ornamented with silver, turquoise & coral
Our Price: £895.00

A rare quality Indian conch or chank shell trumpet that has been ornamented with silver and has coral and turquoise inlay. The silver is engraved with a floral motif. A wonderful ritual instrument or alternatively a fine altar offering to represent the 'melodious sound of the Dharma'.

Material: Indian Conch (Chank) ornamented with silver
inlaid with genuine coral and turquoise cabachons.
Origin: Nepal/Himalayan
Age: 20th C
length 8.25 inches
width 3.5 inches
Large Chank Shell Trumpet
Large Ritual Conch Shell - Finely Engraved
Our Price: £795.00

A rare quality old Indian conch shell (also chank) that is traditionally used to symbolise the offering of music to the enlightened ones and is a potent symbol of the Dharma resounding in all directions. It is beautifully engraved with a Tibetan floral design and parasol, one of the eight auspicious signs to symbolise the Buddha's victory over the Four Maras. Displays a lovely patina and grain and plays with a very vibrant and resonant sound.

Length approx - 7 inches
Sourced in Nepal
age: 20th C
Antique Nyingmapa Bell & Dorje Set - 19th C
Antique Nine Prong Dharmachakra Bell - 18th/19th C
Our Price: £650.00

A beautiful antique nine prong bell or ghanta with a lovely patina from age and ritual use. Where the handle meets the bell there is indication of a very old and skillful repair, which shows how much this bell was cherished. The clapper or ringer is suspended inside the bell from a metal ring.

The bell displays a protective vajra fence in between a double row of pearls. Above this are a row of suspended lotus flowers or chakras. Above the chakras is another row of vajras that symbolise the 16 emptinesses. Above this is an eight petalled lotus seat for the eight bodhisattvas and their consorts The handle has a finger hole symbolising the wisdom of emptiness.

This style of bell is particularly favoured by Nyingmapa practitioners. This is a marvelous traditional ritual instrument that has a bright tone and desirable usage patina. Unfortunately the Vajra that once accompanied the bell is missing.

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Age: 18th/19th C
Quality: Bronze alloy
The bell is approximately 17.5 cms high.

The set will come with a new high quality brocade case.
Genuine Tibetan Kangling (Thighbone Trumpet)
Genuine Tibetan Kangling (Thighbone Trumpet)
Our Price: £550.00

A fine quality human thigh bone trumpet. Covered in the traditional manner in red leather to give added protection to the bone. This is a very playable authentic ritual instrument and it remains robust and damage free. The mouthpiece has been filled with beeswax in the traditional manner. This helps form a protective moisture barrier and enhances the sound of the instrument. It also comes with a custom made case that was crafted in Nepal. A very clean and vibrant practice support!

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Genuine human thigh bone with protective carrying case (as shown).
length approx 13 inches
Antique Five Prong Bell & Vajra Set  - 19th C
Antique Sino-Tibetan Five Prong Bell & Vajra Set - 19th C - Kirtimukha/Makara Design
Our Price: £480.00

A lovely looking antique five prong ghanta bell with matching antique five prong vajra.

The bell displays a very detailed design that includes a protective vajra fence and above this are the traditional eight heads of the Kirtimukha. These heads are also considered to symbolise the Makara, a mythical crocodile-like creature from Indian mythology and protectors of the mandala. Each is holding a chain of jewels. Between and above the Kirtimukha is a another row of vajras. Above this is an eight petalled lotus seat for the eight bodhisattvas and their consorts. The handle has a finger hole symbolising the wisdom of emptiness. A great ritual instrument with a gentle and pleasing tone.

Age: 19th C
Quality: Bronze alloy
The bell is approximately 18 cms high.
Vajra measures 4.5 inches

The set comes complete with a new high quality brocade case.
Superior Chöd Drum
Finest Chöd Drum - Bhutanese Cloud Skins - 8"
Our Price: £395.00

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Fine quality Burl Wood (Zab Shing) Chöd drum. Hand crafted for practitioners who are serious about using the most authentic ritual instruments.

Crafted from Bhutanese Burl Wood & Bhutanese Cloud Skins.
Diameter approx: 8 to 8.5 inches
Hand Carved Chank Shell
LARGE CARVED INDIAN CONCH or CHANK SHELL - Srid-pa-ho Protection Mandala
Our Price: £395.00

A stunning shell that has been masterfully carved with the Srid-pa-ho Protection Mandala and various auspicious symbols. A perfect offering for your shrine or altar. It also plays beautifully with a very resonant sound.

Length approx 7 inches x 4 inches
Origin: Hand carved in Nepal
Age: 20th C
Large Chank Shell Trumpet
LARGE PLAYABLE INDIAN CONCH SHELL - Antique Finish
Our Price: £325.00

A larger size conch (also chank) shell that is traditionally used to symbolise music offerings to the enlightened ones and is a potent symbol of the Dharma resounding in all directions. This shell has a beautiful vibrant sound when played. It also has a leather handle which helps it to sit nicely in the hand.

Sourced in Nepal
Conch will display natural pitting which is inherent in the shell.
Length approx - 6.5 inches
age: 20th C
Superior Traditional Damaru - Bhutanese Skins
Superior Traditional Damaru - Bhutanese Cloud Skins - Extra Large
Our Price: £310.00

A large size sandalwood damaru that is designed for practitioners who are serious about using the most authentic ritual instruments. Our Bhutanese quality damarus are in essence the same as a Tibetan or Nepalese damaru, however, the quality of craftsmanship far exceeds what is currently in production in Nepal or elsewhere. Being crafted from sandalwood they are heavier than acacia wood and this gives them a really nice weight when held. This is the first time we have been able to source cloud skins with sandalwood and we only have a handful of drums available at this time.

What makes these damarus so different?

  • The playability and tonality is superior!
  • Created using accurate and traditional centuries old methods.
  • Crafted from dark red sandalwood and not the cheaper woods that are seen on other drums coming out of Nepal and India.
  • Only natural unpainted Bhutanese skins are used. The skins are buried in the ground with copper and other precious substances. This process can take many weeks to complete. As a result of this, the skins turn a beautiful cloudy green. This process greatly increases the longevity of the skins and also empowers them for years of ritual use. It also gives each drum its own unique character. You can have confidence that no toxic green paint is used on our drums.
  • Each damaru is larger than other drums in the marketplace and this makes them especially suitable for practitioners with large hands.
  • The skins will maintain their tightness, unlike many other damaru skins in the marketplace.
  • On the inside of the drum accurate mantras are applied, this empowers the drum to be used in ritual practice.
  • Each drum has a brocade handle.
  • Includes a layered brocade chöpen or damaru tail with additional Tibetan style beads at the apex.
  • Includes a brocade carrying case which helps protect the drum when not in use.
Kirtimukha Design Deradhun Bell & Dorje Set - Master Quality 9 Prong Vajra & Handle - Dark Finish
Kirtimukha Design Bell & Dorje Set - Master Quality 9 Prong Vajra & Handle - Dark Finish
Our Price: £350.00
Sale Price: £300.00
You save £50.00!

A master quality nine pronged bell and vajra set -- Made by a Tibetan family who have been making authentic bells for more than 50 years. This is without doubt one of the finest sets we have seen in the past 20 years. The vajra and handle are of a quality that we have not seen available anywhere else. They are fire gilded with 24k gold and intricately carved.

Each bell displays a protective vajra fence in between a double row of pearls. Above this are the traditional eight heads of the Kirtimukha, which in this case also symbolise the eight heads of the Makara, a mythical crocodile-like creature from Indian mythology and protectors of the mandala. It is on their heads that the mandala palace rests. Each is holding a chain of jewels with vajras in between them. Above the Kirtimukha is a another row of vajras that symbolise the 16 emptinesses. Above this is an eight petalled lotus seat for the eight bodhisattvas and their consorts. They have a vibrant sustained tone of excellent quality!

Origin: Hand crafted in Dehradun, India
Quality: 5 metal bronze alloy with dark antique finish.
The handle and Vajra are cast in copper and then hand
finished to give finer detail.
Fire gilded with 24k gold.
The bells are approximately 18 cms high.
diameter of bell 3.75 inches (9.5 cms)
The sets come complete with protective case.

Also available with copper bell handle and copper vajra here.