Ladakh, Antique Silver Gau (Ghau) Form Amulet Pendant, Open Backed, 5.29 Grams
Ladakh, Jammu and Kashmir lies between the Kunlun mountain range in the north and the main Great Himalayas to the south, inhabited by people of Indo-Aryan and Tibetan descent. A majority of Ladakhis are Tibetan Buddhists and the rest are mostly Shia Muslims.
This is an antique (early 20th century) small high grade silver traditional decorative ga’u pendant. The outer edge is delineated by repousse beading. The surface is partially worked in repoussage of scrolling leaves, creepers. It is set with a green emerald colour glass central stone.
The lower decoration is a stylised dorje ornament which hangs at the bottom. 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). As illustrated this ga’u has an open back and would have been part of necklace with several suspended small silver ga’us. The Gau is quite light at 5.29 grams.
The silver gau pendant has been strung on a new black Indian traditional handmade cotton thread cord 42 cm (16") in length. It has a looped end for closing.
Width: 3.5 cm (1 1/4″),
Height: 4 cm (1 1/2″)
Weight: 5.29 grams (0.18 oz.)
Tested: High Grade Silver