Nepal Gau Box, Nepalese Gau
KATHMANDUE VALLEY, NEPAL
This Gau Amulet Box is shaped as a bodhi or pipal leaf. The Bodhi Tree, also called the Bodhi Fig Tree or Bo Tree, is a large sacred fig tree located in Bodh Gaya, Bihar, Northern India. Siddhartha Gautama, the spiritual teacher who became known as the Buddha, is said to have attained enlightenment or Bodhi, circa 500 BCE under it.
The amulet box is designed to be worn from a chain around the neck.
The Nepalese Amulet Box is covered in faux turquoise and coral glass stones using the ‘jarao’ inlay technique, which combines the setting of stones in bezels with filigree wire decoration. This technique was popular amongst Newar metalworkers of the Kathmandu Valley during the 18th and 19th centuries. There is fine silver filigree work around the Treasure Vase.
The central design of the Gau Box Box, of high grade silver, is one of the 8 Auspicious Symbols from Buddhism - "THE TREASURE VASE". The treasure vase symbolises an endless rain of long life, wealth and prosperity and all the benefits of this world and liberation. The flowing raised extensions from the vase represent the flowing sacred white scarf wrapped around the vase.
The brass back of the Gau with the double dorje symbol removes and fits very well.
This Gau Box is quite small in size. I have extensively cleaned this Nepalese Gau from when I received it to highlight the beautiful Newar craftsmanship.
Height: 7 cm (2 3/4")
Width: 7 cm (2 3/4")
Weight: 46.4 Grams (1.637 oz.)