About this object

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.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Clay; Glass; Copper Alloy; Metal Gilt; Pigment; Paper Plant; Textile Cotton
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of H. G. Beasley
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1926 before
  • Measurements
    70 mm x 65 mm x 21 mm; 2 3/4 in x 2 9/16 in x 13/16 in
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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