Antique Tibetan Gau Box, Ghau, Tibetan Gaus, Parcel Gilt, Silver, Lapis Lazuli, 41.7 Grams
TIBET, LATE 19th CENTURY, WOMANâ€™S OVAL GAU, RELIQUARY AMULET BOX
With a parcel gilt Vajra or Dorje (thunderbolt) stylized centre piece added, a genuine lapis lazuli cabochon inset around a decorated copper gilt bezel.
This is a beautiful antique, c.1850 Tibetan Gau Amulet Box and the oval domed front is of high grade silver, 92.5% approx. The back section is made of copper. Although worn in all areas, the oval-shaped silver gaâ€™u was particularly favoured by women in Lhasa and the southern border areas of Tibet, in Sikkim and Bhutan.
The front has beautiful high relief repousse work on all side and a chased gilt copper Vajra or Dorje (thunderbolt) stylized center added with a genuine lapis lazuli cabochon inset around a decorated bezel.
The parcel gilt overlay is held in place with a sturdy clip on the inside. The Gau was worn suspended from the top gadrooned tube.
The lower decoration is a stylised dorje ornament which hangs at the bottom when worn and a ring clip for attaching other ornaments.
Dorje is a Sanskrit word meaning a thunderbolt. Additionally, it is a weapon which is used as a ritual object to symbolize both the properties of a thunderbolt (irresistible force).
The back section is made of copper.
The copper back does remove but takes a little maneuvering. Once back in place it is very secure for wearing.
This Gau shows signs of wear - but still in very good condition.
Weight: 41.7 Grams (1.1470 oz.)
Width: 5.5 cm (2 1/4 " )
Height: 8 cm (3 1/4")
Bale: 11 mm (3/8")
Cotton Cord Length: 43 cm (18")
Material: Front Tested silver high grade 92.5%