About this object

A rectangular shaped small, copper ga'u or charm box. The front panel is gilded and decorated with bands of well worn repousse decoration, each band is outlined with beading. At the top two corners are inlaid chips of lapis lazuli and in the bottom two corners there are coral beads. Both the back panel and the front have a pair of square lug handles. The ga'u still contains a small roughly cast brass figure of Tara.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Container
  • Culture
    Tibetan
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Coral; Copper; Metal Gilt; Brass; Lapis-lazuli
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of H. G. Beasley
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1939 before
  • Measurements
    75 mm x 75 mm x 30 mm; 2 15/16 in x 2 15/16 in x 1 3/16 in
  • Note
    Possibly western Tibet or Kashmir
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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