In this section you will find a collection of antique or old wearable amulet containers that are known in Tibet and the Himalayas as gau, ghau or ga'u. They are traditionally worn for personal adornment and they are also believed to invoke spiritual blessings and give protection to the wearer. Many were worn as portable shrines by pilgrims and nomadic Tibetans and they are still worn throughout Tibet and the Himalayan regions today.
A gau usually contains sacred relics, mantras on paper, images of deities and revered gurus, small statues or clay Tsa Tsa. They are typically crafted from silver, copper, brass and wood. The more ornate ones may also be gilded with gold or mounted with gemstones such as turquoise and coral.