Antique Tibetan Gau, Tibetan Ghau Box, Large, 124.3 Grams
This is a vey old classic Lhasa style box. The turquoises chips have not yet lost their luminousity. Over time the gau has lost several turquoise stones and there are several turquoise replacements.
The 19th century Tibetan ga'u box whose form of two intersecting squares symbolize two crossed dorjes, symbol of the ultimate stability of Buddhahood.
This style of Gau box was worn by women and popular in and around Lhasa, Tibet and Sikkim in northern India.
The four sides are decorated with filigree. The back metal backing plate is in tact and fits well.
The Gau Box has been tested for silver and the square box is high grade silver, the decorative beading on the front is of a mixed metal alloy.
The front has a "copper-gold colour gold wash". I am not able to identify what this is.
The Ga’u was worn suspended from the top gadrooned tube. The lower decoration is a stylised dorje ornament which hangs at the bottom when worn.
Height: 12 cm ( 4 1/2")
Width: 12.5 cm (5")
Depth: 2.5 cm (1")
Weight: 124.3 Grams (4.385 oz