A superlative antique Tibetan gau with large turquoise mount. This piece is hand crafted from hand hammered silver with a copper back. It has lovely silver and gilt chased scrollwork around the central turquoise cabochon mount. The raised gilt centre is in the form of a stylised vajra. The top and bottom have the traditional suspension holes so that it can be strung on cord. It would be hard to find a nicer example. Fantastic!
Gaus of this type were traditionally worn as a protective amulet, however, it would also make a lovely container or shrine gau for sacred relics or precious items. The back removes to allow for easy storing of sacred items.
Late 19th C
Condition: Excellent with minor weathering commensurate with age.
Material: Silver, Gilt and copper.
height (including suspension holes) = 76 mm
width = 54 mm
depth = 34 mm
turquoise cabochon measurs 15 mm