Project Description

Antique brass and copper Buddhist Gau, Eastern Tibet

Rectangular copper gau box with cut-out brass overlay on the front. Plain copper back. From Eastern Tibet.

it would have been worn with a strap across the shoulder hanging to the right side under the heart.

Relic boxes from Eastern Tibet were often heavy and made of two pieces of overlapping metals. Kham Province, Eastern Tibet. Similar gaus were also found in Ladakh and Spiti, Western Tibet.

Circa mid-19th century.

It has been extensively worn and shows signs of wear all over – but still in good condition.

Height: 11 cm (4,33 in )
Width: 13 cm (5,12 in)
Thickness: 3,5 cm (1,38 in)
Weight: 322 Grams