About this object

A man's oval shaped iron ga'u with brass circular lugs in quatrefoil shape. The body of the ga'u is worked in complex openwork patterns distinctive of the Derge style from Eastern Tibet. Within the central panel of one side of the ga'u, incorporated into busy scrolling foliage, are the eight auspicious symbols. On the other side of the ga'u there appears to be a precious jewel (well worn) with dragons on either side of it. At the left and right are tsipa or monster masks. The ga'u is empty.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Kham: Derge
  • Date made
    17th Century
  • Materials
    Iron; Brass; Metal Gilt
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of Hugh E Richardson
  • Collector
    Hugh E Richardson
  • Place collected
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Ü-Tsang
  • Date collected
  • Measurements
    90 mm x 82 mm x 25 mm; 3 9/16 in x 3 1/4 in x in
  • Related people
    Hugh E Richardson ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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