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