About this object

Small silver ga'u in the form of a portable shrine box. The front is covered with very fine engraved decoration including the Eight Auspicious Buddhist Symbols and foliage. The back panels are made from copper and are pinned in place. The contents are intact, but only a painted image of the Historical Buddha is visible. The front window of the ga'u is covered with a piece of glass.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    20th Century early
  • Materials
    Glass; Silver; Pigment; Paper Plant
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Bequest of Miss Jane Fernie
  • Collector
    Charles Alfred Bell
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1900 - 1913
  • Measurements
    106 mm x 95 mm x 41 mm; 4 3/16 in x 3 3/4 in x 1 5/8 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: It is difficult to know whether it was Charles Bell or Jane Fernie who collected this item. 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 (her sister) and Charles Bell, so it is possible she collected this object herself. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people
    Charles Alfred Bell ( Collector); Jane Fernie ( Previous owner)


Previous owners

  • Jane Fernie

    Owned from: 1912
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: 1961
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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