Dharmapala Thangka CentreTibetan Antiques

Old Tibetan Sun Glasses

Smoke Topaz Stone

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The intensive sunlight from the Tibetan Plateau was always a big problem for travelers during Tibet until the year 1960. The major problem was protecting the eyes in the snow zones to avoid snow blindness.

To protect themselves from Snow blindness, the tibetans [native of Tibet] used their own braided hair by covering the eyes.

Many years ago, Snow glasses were afforded only by the high monks and business men.

Since there was only few lenses suitable for sunglasses in ancient Tibet, smoked Topaz stones were used as lenses by cutting it until they obtained the necessary transparency and right thickness.

Since most Tibetans could not buy the glasses, they often tied their own long hair around their foreheads and eyes to protect themselves from the intense sun rays while traveling in the snowy regions.

Likewise, we can still find the fragile glasses preserved today. The exact age is probably between 80 and 100 years.

Measurements: 2.8 x 2.8 x 0.4 " | 7.0 x 7.0 x 1.0 cm
Price: 106 $ | 90 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Brass & Topaz Stones
Download: High resolution [0.4 MB, 1914 x 3816 px.]
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