Antique Tibetan Gau Box, Tibetan Ghau, Parcel Gilt, Silver, Lapis Lazuli, 41.7 Grams
TIBET, LATE 19th CENTURY, WOMAN'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 gau 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 opens for placing of ritual objects.
This Gau shows signs of wear - but still in very good condition.
The Gau Box has been strung on a new black Indian traditional handmade cotton thread cord with a looped end closing.
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%