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    Tibetan Large Silver Ga’u with Turquoise (& Display Stand)

    Western Tibet
    19th-early 20th century

    height: 15.6cm, width: 10.4cm, depth: 3.6cm, weight: 277g

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    private collection, London, UK

    This large, round ga’u box, typically worn by a woman, comprises a silver front, sides and back. The two halves are hinged together.

    The front is decorated with silver filigree arranged in scrolls, ‘pearled’ silver wire, and other applique work, all within a broad outer border of applied petal elements. It is inset with a central turquoise cabochon in a silver box setting.

    Such a ga’u served as a protective amulet box and would have been worn suspended from the neck. The top of the box has a hollow tube through which a chain would have been threaded.

    The bottom of the box is decorated with a silver thunderbolt (dorje) form with pyramidal finials at each end, and a suspension loop beneath to allow more chains and other decorative elements to be suspended form the piece.

    The box is unusually large and in excellent condition with obvious age and a lovely patina.

    The ga’u comes with an attractive, non-obtrusive, custom-made display stand.


    Clarke, J., Jewellery of Tibet and the Himalayas, V&A Publications, 2004.

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