Tibetan Buddhist Conchshell
This is an old Tibetan Buddhist Conch Shell covered with beautifully carved Silver and studded with coral and turquoise. Its is done by tibetan artisans in Nepal in late 70’s. These days you dont find such pieces in the market.
It works( sounds) perfectly.
About Conch Shell
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Dung-Dkar (Tibetan: དུང་དཀར་[tʰúŋkar]) translated from Tibetan is literally “white conch”, it is a trumpet formed from a white conch shell from the Indian Ocean. (It is also known as the “śaṅkha” the Sanskrit word for the shell).
It is heavily decorated with ornate patterns of Eight Tibetan Lucky Signs and a Dragon on Silver, and studded with turqoise and coral, which represents good energy.
Conch shells can be used as wind instruments. They are prepared by cutting a hole in the spire of the shell near the apex and then blowing into the shell as if it were a trumpet, as in blowing horn. Sometimes a mouthpiece is used, but some shell trumpets are blown without one.
In tibetan buddhism the conch shell has been corporated as one of the Eight Auspicious Symbols
A shankha shell (the shell of a Turbinella pyrum species ) is often referred to in the West as a conch shell, or a chank shell. This shell is used as an important ritual object in Hinduism. The shell is used as a ceremonial trumpet, as part of religious practices, for example puja. The chank trumpet is sounded during worship at specific points, accompanied by ceremonial bells and singing. As it is an auspicious instrument, it is often played in a Lakshmi puja in temple or at home.
In the story of “Dhruva”, the divine conch plays a special part. The warriors of ancient India blew conch shells to announce battle, as is described in the beginning of the war of Kurukshetra, in the Mahabharata, the famous Hindu epic.
The god of preservation, Vishnu, is said to hold a special conch, Panchajanya, that represents life, as it has come out of life-giving waters.
Also, the sound of the conch is believed to drive away the evil spirits.The blowing of the conch or “the shankha” needs a tremendous power and respiratory capacity and little bit of practice. Hence, blowing it daily helps keep the lungs healthy.