Antique Tibetan Gau, Ghau, Buddhist Silver Prayer Box Necklace, Tibetan Heirloom Stones, 84 Grams
This is a beautifully ornamented with filigree work, silver beaded wire and turquoise cabochons Tibetan Ga’u box and the oval domed front is of lower grade silver (80% approx.) dating from early to late 19th century.
Although worn in all areas of Tibet, the oval-shaped silver ga’u was particularly favoured by women in the southern border areas of Tibet, in Sikkim and Bhutan.
The front of the Ga'u is decorated with 17 turquoise cabochon inset in wax around a decorated silver bezels. (There are four turquoise stones missing)
The Ga’u was worn suspended from the top gadrooned tube, and is still in good condition, also reinforced with an extra wooden tube inside. The lower decoration on the Tibetan gau is a stylised dorje and a ring clip for attaching other ornaments.
It is strung with a stunning necklace of antique Tibetan beads measuring 51cm (20") long.
10 x Heirloom Turquoise beads that are worn smooth from centuries of wearing on the body and ancient wear at both ends. 1cm - 2cm
3 x Antique Rudraksha Seed Beads - 9mm
16 x Old round silver over Lac Spacer Beads - 9mm
6 x Antique Eyed Bodhi Seed Beads - 12mm
2 x Silver granulated Spacer Beads
2 x Antique white, translucent Tridacna Giant Clam Beads - 12mm
2 x Small Jasper Bloodstone Nephrite Beads - 5mm
1 x Small Green Chalcedony Bead - 10mm
The copper back on the gau box is now missing.
The necklace is strung on plastic coated twisted wire and has a join inside the bale threading - but is still very secure.
I have more photos upon request for the individual beads.
Weight: Gau 36.7 Grams (1.295 oz.)
Total Weight of Gau and Necklace: 84 Grams (2.965oz.)
Gau Width: 6cm (2 1/4" )
Height: 6,5cm (2 1/2")
Bale: 10 mm (3/8")
Beaded Necklace Length: 51cm (20”)
Material: Tested low grade silver 80% - with green silver tarnishing on front.