Antique Tibetan Gau, or Antique Ladakhi Gau, High Grade Silver, Turquoise, Coral, 175 Grams
A Collectors Piece: Exceptional Condition
This is a truly beautiful, rare, well preserved c. 1850's type in octagonal form ga’u worn by Tibetan women, and also used extensively in the Himalayan districts and Ladakh in the traditional Perak headdress.
(The last listing photo illustrates the traditional Ladakhi Perak Headdress with the octagonal Ga'u boxes as part of the ornaments.)
The central motif is a stylized lotus bud infilled with a turquoise cabochon and surrounded by applied filigree wire of geometrical patterns. There is a beautiful array of varying colours of turquoise and coral stones inset around the border and silver beading wire around the edge.
The front section has been tested and has been made from a high grade silver sheet which is now very dark from oxidization. The silver Ga'u box is quite heavy at 175 grams (6.140 oz.)
The ga’u was worn suspended from the top or bottom gadrooned tube, decorated with four turquoise and coral cabochons.
The Ga’u still has the original copper backing plate.
The Ga'u will polish up beautifully as it has a very dull silver oxidization from over the centuries.
Height: 4″ (10cm)
Width: 3 1/4″ (8.5cm)
Weight: 175 Grams, (6.140 oz).