I originally had these spoons listed as possible baptism spoons.

however, William K. of Australia has done further research

on these spoons and has convinced me that they are from Tibet or

Nepal and were designed to be Buddhist Tsog spoons.

tibetan tsog spoons
These spoons are all hand made, and while they are very similar in style, they also show many obvious differences.

The center stones are usually coral or turquoise (coral color and blue). The rightmost spoon, however, is a faceted purple glass.

The bowls all have a hump in the middle dividing them in half and in that respect are similar to annointing spoons which were used on the British Monarchy.

There are no identifying marks of any kind, but I believe that they are a silvery metal.

The Tsog spoon (pronouced "soak") are used in ritualized offerings.

"The tsog  is the gathering of:

1.  practitioners - viewed as their enlightened nature,

2.  offering substances -  the edible substances represent skillful means & the liquids wisdom,

3.  buddhas - imagine an entire mandala of buddhas; and

4.  merit and wisdom - result from 1-3. Merit is the accumulation of devotion & compassion, and wisdom is the development of non-conceptual reference."

Offering substances include: sweet, sour, salty, grain, wine, flowers and meat (dairy is optional). Offerings are selected without preference or aversion and without  the idea that one has spent too much or too little."

The age of these spoons is indeterminate. Some are recent and new ones can still be purchased for a few dollars.

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