About this object

A man's silver ga'u in the shape of a portable shrine. The front is heavily engraved with the kalachakra mantra which sits on a lotus pedestal, flanked by two serpentine dragons, in clouds, reaching for the flaming jewels at top centre. At either side are two square lug handles for a strap. The back is made from copper and slides out, a small bend in the lip of the back panel forms a handle. The contents have been removed.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Container
  • Culture
    Tibetan; Bhutanese
  • 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
    100 mm x 90 mm x 36 mm; 3 15/16 in x 3 9/16 in x 1 7/16 in
  • Note
    Donated by Mrs Hyslop, John Claude White's daughter.
  • Related people
Object view = Humanities
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