Amulet box / ga'u

54.85.52
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 and foliage. The back panel is made from iron and has been prised open, so that the two sections no longer fit together. The contents are intact and include a paper mantra, a piece of red and green cloth, which is wrapped around a clay figure of green tara that has been gilded. The front window of the ga'u is covered with a broken piece of glass.