Holidays.net Online Store

Holdays.net Home


October 1st, 2014
International Day of Older Persons

October 2nd, 2014
International Day of Non-Violence

October 4th, 2014
Feast of St Francis of Assisi

October 4th, 2014
Yom Kippur

October 5th, 2014
World Teachers' Day

October 5th, 2014
Eid-al-Adha

October 6th, 2014
World Habitat Day

October 6th, 2014
Child Health Day

October 8th, 2014
World Day for Natural Disaster Reduction

October 9th, 2014
World Post Day

October 9th, 2014
Leif Erikson Day

October 9th, 2014
World Sight Day

October 9th, 2014
First day of Sukkot

October 10th, 2014
World Mental Health Day

October 11th, 2014
International Day of the Girl Child

October 13th, 2014
Indigenous People's Day

October 13th, 2014
Columbus Day

October 13th, 2014
Native Americans' Day

October 15th, 2014
International Day of Rural Women

October 15th, 2014
Last day of Sukkot

October 15th, 2014
White Cane Safety Day

October 16th, 2014
Shmini Atzeret/Simchat Torah

October 16th, 2014
Boss's Day

October 16th, 2014
World Food Day

October 17th, 2014
'Alaska Day' observed

October 17th, 2014
World Day for Poverty Eradication

October 18th, 2014
Alaska Day

October 23rd, 2014
Diwali/Deepavali

October 24th, 2014
United Nations Day

October 24th, 2014
World Development Information Day

October 25th, 2014
Muharram/Islamic New Year

October 27th, 2014
World Day for Audiovisual Heritage

October 29th, 2014
World Stroke Day

October 31st, 2014
Halloween

October 31st, 2014
Nevada Day

 



Search:

Tibetan Handcarved Signature Chop With Strap For Sale

Tibetan Handcarved Signature Chop With Strap

TitleTibetan Handcarved Signature Chop with StrapCountry of OriginTibet or Nepal by Tibetan refugeesMaterialsCow/bovine bone or resin, silver metal (unknown silver content),Approximate AgeMid 20th centuryDimensionsChop is 1.75" tall, 6" strap.Overall ConditionPoor to fair. Damage/RepairMissing stamp at base of chop, dirt, tarnishing, and general wear

Additional information: Perched on a plateau in the Himalayas 16,000 feet above sea level, Tibet at first glance appears to be a remote country overshadowed by its much larger neighbors--India to the West and China to the East. In fact, Tibet has long been a cultural hub and is known worldwide for its astonishing jewelry. Historically, red coral from the Mediterranean, deep blue turquoise from Iran and pearls and conch shells from the Indian Ocean were imported to supplement native green turquoise, agates and precious metals. Using these materials, Tibetan silversmiths and metalworkers produced intricately worked jewelry for decorative and religious purposes. These artists would be commissioned by rich patrons, who would offer them lodging and food while the desired piece was being finished.

Today many of the painstaking methods of creating jewelry by hand have given way to semi-automated processes, and plastics and resins are used side-by-side with traditional materials. Tibetans have none of our snobbery when it comes to materials—extremely expensive pieces with sterling silver are often accompanied by resins and plastics! Having taken all of these changes in its stride, Tibet continues to provide the world with gifted jewelers and breathtaking jewelry.

We began carrying Tibetan pieces because they make exquisite beads and jewelry, and also because we are passionately committed to a Free Tibet. Almost all of our things come from a Tibetan family which lives in the United States, with relatives who are refugees in Nepal as well as in Tibet. It is a woman-owned company, which not only employs many family members in the U.S. but also provides jobs for more than 90 Tibetan refugees in Nepal. I buy about twice a year, and each buy is HUGE.

My friend's house and warehouse have Tibetan prayer flags in the courtyard. I always have dozens of cups of tea, and one traditional Tibetan tea with butter and salt. Their living room is full of Tibetan art, Buddhas draped in white silk scarves, ghau prayer boxes with pictures of the Dalai Lama, and the Tibetan Flag. Your purchase supports good people, in at least three countries.

Recommended reading: Jewellery of Tibet and the Himalayas

by John Clarke

**68527**

All content, including pictures, Copyright Africa Direct Inc., 2006


Add Us To Your Favorite Sellers!
Please visit our About Us page.


Africa Direct, Inc. has been selling on since 1997 and has received more than 30,000 positive responses. It is owned by Eliza and Sara, who began the company after spending a year wandering southern Africa in a camper van with their multi-racial family. They have been honored with 's Hall of Fame award, and by Giving Works, through which they have raised more than $30,000 in charity sales.

Customer Service: We treasure our many long term customers, and will try to make you one of them! If you have problems, please tell us... we care!

Handling Time: We ship daily except Sundays and holidays. Most orders go out the same day, and all go out within 48 hours.

Returns: We want you to be happy with your purchase. You're welcome to return an item within seven days in the same condition you received it--just let us know you're returning it. You may have either a credit or a refund for your purchase price, not including shipping both ways. If your original payment was made through PayPal, we'll refund you through PayPal; if you paid us directly with your credit card, we'll refund the credit card.

Combining Shipping: You are welcome to wait to pay, and to combine multiple items for shipping. We ask that you keep each order to ten days or ten items, whichever comes first--then start another order.

When you're ready, just send us a list of item numbers and we'll send you an invoice. You can pay by Paypal or credit card.

U.S. Shipping: We use a professional shipper who has worked with us for ten years. He and his staff take great care in packing our artwork, much of which is antique, irregularly-shaped, and fragile. The cost of his labor and the special packing materials he uses is reflected in our handling price. Our U.S. shipping charges also include insurance; we self-insure on smaller orders. For these reasons, our shipping and handling charges may be more than the price of postage.

International Shipping: We ship dozens of international orders each week, to customers on every continent except Antarctica! The shipping charges included in our listings are for U.S. orders. Contact us for shipping charges to your country. We offer uninsured USPS First Class airmail, insured Priority airmail, and insured Express airmail to most parts of the world, depending on the weight, volume, and value of an item. We also ship via FedEx or DHL on request.

Import duties, taxes, and charges are NOT INCLUDED in the item price or shipping charges. These charges are the buyer's responsibility. Please check with your country's customs office to determine what these additional costs will be prior to offerding / buying. These charges are normally collected by the delivering freight (shipping) company or when you pick the item up -- do not confuse them for additional shipping charges. And please do not ask us to mark merchandise values below value or mark items as "gifts"--U.S. and International government regulations prohibit such behavior.

Newsletter, previews and special offers: Sign up for our newsletter

Go to Africa Direct Store


Tibetan Handcarved Signature Chop With Strap

This item has been shown 0 times.

Buy Now

Tibetan Handcarved Signature Chop With Strap:
$19




Beaded Cane Baskets Beautiful Unknown Origin picture
Beaded Cane Baskets Beautiful Unknown Origin


 Antique  Folk Art Ladies Handwoven Wool Apron picture
Antique Folk Art Ladies Handwoven Wool Apron


Rare Wooden “karagiozis And His Friend”  Figure “ Greek Theatrenew  picture
Rare Wooden “karagiozis And His Friend” Figure “ Greek Theatrenew


Brades Co. 1915 Heavy Knife Sickle picture
Brades Co. 1915 Heavy Knife Sickle


Thai  Shadow Made ​​of Cowhide Unique To The South. Carried On For Centuries picture
Thai Shadow Made ​​of Cowhide Unique To The South. Carried On For Centuries


 Damascene Brooch  Averros Philosopher Of Cordoba 10k Gold Face Pin picture
Damascene Brooch Averros Philosopher Of Cordoba 10k Gold Face Pin


Carved Wood Mask - Indonesia. Tribal Art., Stunning Carved Details picture
Carved Wood Mask - Indonesia. Tribal Art., Stunning Carved Details


Lithuania Train Bus Tickets Kaunas Virbalis Vilnius Billets Biglietti Wilno Fahr picture
Lithuania Train Bus Tickets Kaunas Virbalis Vilnius Billets Biglietti Wilno Fahr


14 Old Tribal Arrows Indian? Indo-persian? African? Archery Bow Hunting Spear picture
14 Old Tribal Arrows Indian? Indo-persian? African? Archery Bow Hunting Spear


Inuit Items - 6- From My Small Collection picture
Inuit Items - 6- From My Small Collection