Antique Small Tibetan Gau Box, Ghau, Bronze or Brass Gilt, Turquoise, Prayer Enclosed,18.4 Grams
TIBET, c. 1800's - This is a very small Ga'u Box and rare to find today.
This is a beautifully made bronze or brass gilt repousse oval g'au reliquary amulet box. The oval shaped ga´u is called kerima or ke-ga´u - neck gau.
The front has been made from a very fine bronze or brass sheet and originally gilded, with high relief repousse decoration with a genuine turquoise cabochon inset around a decorated bezel. The lower stylized dorje ornament is also decorated with very fine beaded wire.
The Gau Box opens and has a very old paper prayer or sacred mantra enclosed. The prayers and mantras are usually hand inscribed or block-printed by a priest and they are always blessed before use.
Although worn in all areas, the oval-shape ga’u was particularly favoured in Lhasa and the southern border areas of Tibet, in Sikkim and Bhutan.
The Gau was worn suspended from the top gadrooned tube.
The paper is stuck to the lac lining of the Gau box. The back is gilded copper.
This g'au has been extensively worn and shows signs of wear all over - but still in good condition.
The last listing photo is from Gold Jewelry from Tibet and Nepal, Jane Casey Singer. Description: Man's Gold Hair Ornament and Amulet box. Gold Repousse, Turquoise.
Width: 4 cm (1 1/2")
Height: 5.3 cm (2 ")
Depth: 2 cm (7/8") (including the stone setting)
Cotton Cord: 46 cm (18")
Weight: 18.4 Grams )0.650 oz.)