This leather pouch or purse (baghu) would have been worn by a Tibetan woman on her belt as a sign of wealth and prestige.
The front of the purse has a leather flap secured underneath with a small catch which holds the purse closed.
It is decorated on the front flap and sides with a series of finely worked silver plaques, all with floral and foliate scrolls in high relief.
The middle of the flap has a large coral cabochon within a floral, silver box setting.
The top of the purse has a wonderful cast and chased silver loop which comprises two outwards-facing dragons. A long leather strap is attached to this.
Berger, P., & T. Tse Bartholomew, Mongolia: The Legacy of Chinggis Khan, Thames & Hudson, 1995.
Borel, F., The Splendour of Ethnic Jewelry: From the Colette and Jean-Pierre Ghysels Collection, Thames & Hudson, 1994.