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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 to hold the purse closed.
The front flap and lower sides are decorated with applied silver and brass plaques, all finely worked with floral and foliate scrolls in high relief.
The middle of the flap has a large, protruding lapis lazuli cabochon within a floral, box setting. Plaques representing snow lions are attached either side.
A brass loop and mount is applied to the top of the purse to which a leather strap decorated with a floral boss set with a coral cabochon has been attached. A matching loop with a pendant leather dangle is attached to the base of the purse.
The purse is in excellent condition with obvious age and wear.
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Geoffroy-Schneiter, B., Asian Jewellery: Ethnic Rings, Bracelets, Necklaces, Earrings, Belts, Head Ornaments, Skira, 2011.