About this object

A man's arch-shaped ga'u. Made from copper with a silver front plate and square lug handles. The front silver plate is covered with repousse work. The centre framed by a simple line border shows the precious flaming jewel emerging from mount meru. The border is decorated with a scrolling floral motif. The ga'u has been cleaned at some point with a metal polish and a large amount of residue can still be seen.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date made
    20th Century early
  • Materials
    Silver; Copper
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased from the collections of Norwich Castle Museum, 1956
  • Collector
    John Claude White
  • Place collected
    Asia: Southern Asia: Bhutan
  • Date collected
    1908 before
  • Measurements
    120 mm x 100 mm x 34 mm; 4 3/4 in x 3 15/16 in x 1 5/16 in
  • Note
    Donated by Mrs Hyslop, John Claude White's daughter.
  • Related people
Object view = Humanities
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