RARE: Small Tibetan Gau, Ghau Box, Silver, Copper, Coral, 20 Grams, c.1850’s
I have not cleaned this Gau box - but it will polish up beautifully.
This is a small, antique, c.1850 Tibetan Gau Amulet Box and the oval domed front is of high grade silver, 92.5% approx. and comprises a series of glass trade beads (probably from Europe and China).
Although worn in all areas, the oval-shaped silver ga’u was particularly favoured by both men and women in Lhasa and the southern border areas of Tibet, in Sikkim and Bhutan.
The front has high relief repousse work on all side, although now worn quite flat to the surface, with a genuine coral cabochon inset around a decorated bezel.
The Gau was worn suspended from the top gadrooned tube. This tube has a copper reinforcement inside. The lower decoration is a stylised dorje ornament which hangs at the bottom when worn and a ring clip for attaching other ornaments.
Dorje is a Sanskrit word meaning a thunderbolt. Additionally, it is a weapon which is used as a ritual object to symbolize both the properties of a thunderbolt (irresistible force).
The copper back (now does not remove) although I have attempted to open it - but it is closed so tight that I did not wish to do any damage in trying to force it open. It has at some stage been able to be opened to allow blessed items to be stored.
The Gau Box is strung on a black traditional handmade Indian cotton cord with a loop for closing.
Weight: 20 Grams (0.800 oz.)
Width: 2.8 cm (1 " )
Height: 4.5 cm (1 3/4")
Bale: 5 mm (1/4")
Necklace: 45 cm (18") Cotton Cord
Material: Front Tested silver high grade