Metal and Stone Vestiges
Religion, Magic and Protection in the Art of Ancient Tibet
The two thokchas shown here are said by some Tibetan informants to represent fish or tadpoles. What appear to be eyes are visible in both specimens, and they also have fin-like protuberances. The ambiguity of the designs however, precludes positive identification. These two amulets date either to the pre-Buddhist period or early Buddhist times.
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