Tibet Key

Tibet Key

China has engulfed most of Lhasa with wide streets, gigantic Chinese characters to dwarf the Tibetan predecessors, and armed soldiers are dispersed throughout the city to maintain the "peace." Tibetan Buddhist temples still remain with enormous volumes of hand-written holy texts that seem to contain the secrets to the universe, but they may be buried in parchment. The market in Lhasa didn't disappoint with antiques and crafts lining the square and hawkers awaiting tourists who traveled days to arrive at the flea-market Mecca to sift through antique wax stamps and keys. The original key came from the Lhasa market and the rubies are meant to give it a more regal and antique feel like the preserved parts of the city itself.