About this object

A large man's ga'u in the shape of a portable shrine. The body of the ga'u is made from copper with two square loops on each side to hold a strap. The front is made from silver, decorated with the Eight Auspicious Buddhist Emblems in fine repousse work in the style of central Tibet. There is additional gilt decoration for four of the symbols (vase, wheel, conch and parasol) which are set at one of each of the four cardinal directions. The front has three windows, a large arched window to the base and two small arched windows at the top. The edge is decorated with a single row of beading.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date made
    Early 20th Century
  • Materials
    Copper; Silver; Gilt Metal
  • 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 1936
  • Measurements
    196 mm x 180 mm x 81 mm; 7 11/16 in x 7 1/16 in x 3 3/16 in
  • Note
    At some stage 54.85.49 has been displayed inside this ga'u.
  • Related people

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Object view = Humanities
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