Dharmapala Thangka CentreTibetan Antiques


Turquise Gau [2]

Buddhist amulet box

This very filigree gau crafted from white metal [silver?] has a round turquoise on the front surrounded by floral motifs and three-dimensional ornaments.

This pendant was designed to hold sacred Buddhist mantras blessed by a lama, pictures of the Buddha, other sacred relics, or herbs that provided protection while the gau was ornamentation for the wearer. In search of valuable contents, gaus were opened after the Chinese occupation of Tibet after 1950. As with most gaus still in existence today, the filling has been lost as a result, and the gau is empty.

The oval-shaped style, such as this example, are popularly worn by women in Lhasa and the southern border region of Tibet and Bhutan

Condition: The gau is undamaged but age has left few marks. There is a small dent in the upper left front and the front of the hanger and the front part of the lower decorative element are slightly worn.

Probably Age: 90 - 100 years


PropertyValue
Measurements: 3.9 x 2.5 x 1.4" | 10.0 x 6.3 x 3.5 cm
Price: 337 $ | 320 €
Shipment: Parcel Service from Germany
Material: White Metal - turquise
High resolution: Display [0.7 MB, 2229 x 2920 px.]
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