Antique Small Tibetan Gau Box, Ghau, Gilded Brass, Turquoise,18.4 Grams
TIBET, c. 1850's - This is a very small Ga'u Box
This is a beautifully made lightly gilded over brass repousse oval g'au reliquary aulet box. The oval shaped ga´u is called kerima.
The front has been made from a very fine brass sheet 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.
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.
I have not opened the g'au box find if it still contains relics. I am very tempted but it has been closed with old fine thread and I would not be able to tie it back in place.
This g'au has been extensively worn and shows signs of wear all over - but still in good condition.
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.)