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Antique Tibetan Buddhist Gau Silver Repousse

Antique Tibetan Buddhist Gau Silver Repousse

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1910: Item # 1375704

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This Tibetan shrine shaped gau (aka prayer box) is actually a religious shrine. When not being worn as an ornament during festivals, it would be kept in the prayer niche of the family home. The back of the box slides open. Frequently, a special prayer i.e. sutra pages would be placed inside. The small glass window at the front displays a Tsa tsa, which is a clay statue of a Buddhist Diety. These statues were made only by the monks and considered to be a holy relic. This antique gau has a front piece of silver with a deep repousse design depicting various important religious objects. The gau is approx 6 inches by 5 inches and 2 inches thick and is complete with its fabric cover and strap.

It is rare to find this type gau complete with its Tsatsa, fabric cover, and strap.