About this object

A man's large silver amulet box or ga'u decorated with gilt covered Eight Auspicious Emblems and a wish-granting jewel at the top and a stylised dragon’s head at the bottom. There is a peacock feather visible from the window as the peacock was reputed to swallow poison without harm, the bird and its tail feathers symbolise immortality and the eradication of all spiritual poisons.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Copper Alloy; Silver; Metal Gilt; Wool Felt; Peacock Feather
  • Location
    World Museum, Level 3, World Cultures
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From The Tibet Society
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Date collected
    1964 before
  • Measurements
    180 mm x 160 mm x 62 mm
  • Note
    Curator's note: The history file tells us that this item was sold by a Tibetan refugee, via The Tibet Society, for £14.0.0/-. The inventory also makes note of a bag for the ga'u.
Object view = Humanities
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