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Tibetan Woman’s Pouch or Purse (Baghu) with Silver Mounts

19th century

width: 13.4cm, height (without strap): 10cm



UK art market

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.

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