About this object

A brass shrine shaped amulet box or ga'u. The front panel design includes a dragon, a peacock, swirling clouds, flowers and at the base the peaks of Mount Meru in repousse work. The small central window still has a piece of glass. The panel has been painted in a variety of enamel paints with some of the colours still visible. The brass back panel is loose, but is incised with the kalachakra symbol. The ga'u is empty.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Religion; Container
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]: Kham
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Enamel; Glass; Brass; Copper Alloy
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Purchased From The Tibet Society
  • Collector
  • Place collected
    Europe: Northern Europe: UK: England: London
  • Date collected
    1964 before
  • Measurements
    130 mm x 110 mm x 50 mm; 5 1/8 in x 4 5/16 in x 1 15/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: The history file tells us that this item was sold by a Tibetan refugee, via The Tibet Society, for £7.0.0/-.
Object view = Humanities
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