About this object

Small copper gilt ga'u in the form of a portable shrine. The front is covered with repousse decoration, including the Eight Auspicious Buddhist Emblems, a monster mask or tsipa and foliage, the decoration is well worn. The back panel is made from iron and has been prised open. The contents are intact and include a a clay figure of Chenrezi and a cloth with a wide weave. The two squared loops have remnants of cloth prayer flags attached to them. The front window of the ga'u is covered with a broken piece of glass.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Container
  • Culture
    Tibetan
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Clay; Copper; Gilt Metal; Pigment; Fibre Textile Cotton; Textile
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of H. G. Beasley
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1926 before
  • Measurements
    102 mm x 78 mm x 30 mm; 4 in x 3 1/16 in x 1 3/16 in
  • Related people

Where is this object from?

Object view = Humanities
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