About this object

Woman's ga'u attached to a loose string of amber and modern glass or ceramic beads. The silver ga'u is inlaid with a gold filigree insert, which is in turn inlaid with turquoise. In the outer band there are additional inlays of coral and turquoise. The dorje pendant is damaged and the right point is missing.

Object specifics

  • Type
    Personal Ornament
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Bead; Coral; Silver; Gold; Yarn Cotton; Turquoise
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    Gift of the Trustees of the Wellcome Collection
  • Collector
    Henry S Wellcome
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1936 before
  • Measurements
    267 mm x 80 mm x 15 mm; 10 1/2 in x 3 1/8 in x 9/16 in
  • Note
    Curator's note: John Clarke in, 'Jewellery of Tibet and the Himalayas' suggests this style of ga'u was popular in Spiti and Lahul. Written by Emma Martin
  • Related people


Previous owners

  • Wellcome Historical Medical Museum

    Owned from: Unknown or unrecorded
    How acquired: Unknown or unrecorded
    Owned until: Unknown or unrecorded
    Disposal method: Unknown or unrecorded
Object view = Humanities
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