About this object

A woman's ga'u called a 'kerima' (mkhal ri ma), a name deriving from the shape of the box. (mKhal means 'kidney'). It would be worn at the neck. It is oval in shape and decorated with raised filigree work in a floral design. There are several leaf and oval shaped settings, four retain their turquoise stone settings. A circular clasp at the top would have held a necklace or strap. The bottom clasp is in the shape of a dorje. The back is intact and is kept in place with a criss-crossed piece of thread. The contents appear to be in place.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Personal Ornament
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Brass; Turquoise
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From Miss Jane Fernie
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1913 about
  • Measurements
    58 mm x 45 mm x 25 mm; 2 5/16 in x 1 3/4 in x in
  • Note
    Curator's note: It is difficult to know who collected this item, as it could have been Charles Bell or Jane Fernie. Bell gave Fernie other items from the Tibetan area, including the Fernie robe, but Fernie did travel to Sikkim in 1912-13 to stay with Cashie (Fernie's sister) and Charles Bell, so it is possible she collected this object herself. John Clarke notes in, Jewellery of Tibet and the Himalayas that this type of ga'u was popular in Sikkim, Bhutan and the southern border areas of Tibet. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector); Jane Fernie ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Jane Fernie

    Owned from: 1913
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1953
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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