Draft List of Tibetan Material Objects
Lauran 7/14/08 -- bold headings are provisional only.

medicinal

bleeding cup

textual or writing
decorated wooden book covers
decorated manuscripts
paintbrushes?

administrative
accounting pouch
ink pot
pens
chalk for lining writing boards
writing boards
postage stamps
seals (on paper)
seals (the physical stamp-er)
keys
boxes
message boards (samta)

domestic or household
churn
tea bowl
tea bowl cover
pitchers
lamps
ladles
wooden butter boxes
rolling pins (dzari)
loom
spindle
wooden buckets for mixing the yeast preparation
large wooden buckets for carrying water
grinder (bowl and pestle?)
rugs

military or hunting?
knives
knife sheaths
bows and arrows
guns
slingshots

agricultural or farming
scythe
stirrups
saddles
nose rings for domesticated animals
horsehoes
blacksmith tools
plow
saddle rugs (here or agriculture or ornamental?)

ornamental or jewelry
dzi beads
earrings
rings
headdresses
shoes
belts
aprons
decorative double-hook that hangs from a woman’s belt; originally to carry milk or yogurt buckets; now just decorative (bzho-lung)
robe (chuba)
hats
leather pouch
eyeglasses [and/or under medicinal?]
eye-coverings (mig-ra), worn by nomads to shield from sun, made of woolen cloth

clothing? [separate category? or include with ornamental/jewelry]
textiles
felt
brocade
canvas
cloth
etc.

monetary
money
paper money
coins
tamka
silver ingots?

Containers? / storage [probably not a good heading; should be under use/context]
bags
pouches
horns for snuff
shoulder bags (dalen)
saddle bags

fine arts (but overlaps with religious)
paintings
statues?
etc.

furniture
low tables
cushions
rugs?

architecture
buildings?
bridges
stupas?

religious implements -- or worship
dagger
cymbals
prayer flags
butter lamps
double-sided drum (damaru)
rosaries
musical instruments [separate category?]
statues
thangka paintings
mani stones
amulets (ga’u) [or is this under ornaments?]
clay deity-imprints (tsag?)
masks