About this object

A simple copper arch-shaped ga'u with the Namchu Wangden mantra or 'A Sign of the All Powerful Ten' embossed on the front, the front is damaged. Attached to the ga'u is a further mirror-shaped amulet, decorated with random concentric circles. This is attached to the ga'u by a thong of leather, which is strengthed by two lengths of brass coiled around it. Some of the contents are still with the ga'u including three rolls of mantras or prayers ink printed on paper and a small painting of possibly White Tara. The painting was covered with a peacock feather and then wrapped in silk, when still wet, resulting in a large amount of paint transfer making it difficult to identify the Buddhist figure. There are two mantra or prayer rolls, one is hand-written in Tibetan, the other is longer and tightly coiled and wrapped in yellow silk.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Skin Leather; Textile Silk; Feather Peacock; Ink; Copper; Brass; Pigment; Paper Plant; Canvas
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of H. G. Beasley
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    Before 1939
  • Measurements
    104 mm x 122 mm x 36 mm; 4 1/8 in x 4 13/16 in x 1 7/16 in
  • Related people

Where is this object from?

Object view = Humanities
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