Antique Tibetan Gau, Tibetan Ghau Box with Relics, Silver, Turquoise, Brass, 67.2 Grams
TIBET, c. 1850's, Oval Gau, Ghau Reliquary Amulet Box with a genuine Turquoise cabochon inset around a decorated brass bezel. The front has high relief repousse work and is now worn smooth in some parts.
The lower decoration is a stylised dorje ornament.
The domed front has tested for approx. 80% silver and the back section is made of brass.
Although worn in all areas, the oval-shaped silver 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 and has a leather strap attached for wearing.
The brass back was originally glued shut, but after some time I tried to release the glue. Upon opening I found the Gau contained relics, 28 citrine and other small stones, most likely representing the use of malas of 21 or 28 beads for doing prostrations, and a charcoal black volcanic light weight porous stone oval Buddha.
This Gau has been extensively worn and shows signs of wear all over - but still in good condition.
Width: 4cm (2 3/4")
Height: 6cm (2 3/8")
Depth: 2.2cm (7/8")
Charcole Black Buddha : 2.5 cm (1")
Total Weight: 67.2 Grams