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 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 did not own these glasses, they often tied their own long hair around their foreheads and eyes to protect themselves from the sun's intense rays when traveling in the snowy regions.

Very few of these fragile glasses are still preserved today. The exact age is probably between 80 and 100 years.


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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
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