About this object

A copper gilt ga'u in the shape of a portable shrine. Decorated with the eight auspicious Buddhist symbols in Newari style repousse work. The central window is covered over with glass and the contents are in place. Contained is a brass figure of the Historical Buddha, seated in the enlightenment pose. The figure is surrounded by red silk. The back has been soldered onto the main body of the ga'u and some silver solder has been transferred to the bottom front of the box. The front panel is decorated with beading around the edge.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    20th Century early
  • Materials
    Textile Silk; Copper; Metal Gilt; Brass
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the Abbey Art Centre
  • Collector
    John S M Ward
  • Place collected
    Asia: South Eastern Asia: Myanmar (Burma); Asia: Southern Asia: India
  • Date collected
    1914 - 1916
  • Measurements
    110 mm x 91 mm x 28 mm; 4 5/16 in x 3 9/16 in x 1 1/8 in
  • Related people
    Abbey Art Centre ( owner); John S M Ward ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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