About this object

A square-shaped woman's ga'u in the form of a mandala or cosmic diagram. The front of this case is covered in filigree decoration with additional settings of turquoise flower settings in the central panel and on the four triangular wings, which are all outlined with beading. The ga'u is empty.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
    Unknown or unrecorded
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date made
    Late 19th Century
  • Materials
    Copper; Gilt Metal; Tin; Turquoise
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    John S M Ward
  • Place collected
    Asia: South Eastern Asia: Burma; Asia: Southern Asia: India
  • Date collected
    1914 - 1916
  • Measurements
    65 mm x 65 mm x 6 mm; 2 9/16 in x 2 9/16 in x 1/4 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: This piece may have been made in Lhasa by a Newar metalworker. Such boxes were worn around the neck, often with a necklace of dzi beads. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre (owner); John S M Ward (Collector)

Where is this object from?

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  • Tibet: Catalogue of Exhibits

    Tankard, Elaine

    Author: Tankard, Elaine
    Publisher: Liverpool Public Museums
    Date: 1953-03
    Description: Introductory essay and catalogue entries, in themes, for the 1953 exhibition; 'Tibet', held at the Walker Art Gallery.

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