Dharmapala Thangka CentreTibetan Antiques

Old Tibetan Sun Glasses

The intensive sunlight from the Tibetan Plateau was always a problem for travelers during Tibet bevor 1960. Specially in snow zones was it always important to protect the eyes for snow blindness. Tibetans used the own hair from there braids to protect them selfs.

Just high lamas, peers and affluent businessmen could afford many hundred years ago some special snow glasses.

Since there was a lack of lenses suitable for sunglasses in ancient Tibet, smoke Topaz stones were cut until they obtained the necessary transparency and thin thickness.

Since most Tibetans could not afford these glasses, they often tied their own long hair around their foreheads and eyes when travelling in the snowy regions to protect themselves from the sun's intense rays.

Very few old Rauch Topaz lenses are still in existence today. This specimen does not have Rauch Topaz lenses. The design is similar to the old glasses of the last century, the exact age is difficult to estimate.

Measurements: 5.7 x 2 x 0.5" | 14.5 x 5.0 x 1.2 cm
Price: 81 $ | 75 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: Brass, Glass
High resolution: Display [0.3 MB, 3353 x 1785 px.]
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