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Tibetan Gau Travel Altar

Item Details

A Tibetan gau, or travel altar. This gau amulet box is constructed of quilted textiles with a metal interior. In practice, the gau, which is shaped like a torana temple gateway, is used to hold sacred objects and functions as a personal shrine, often worn around the neck as jewelry. The gau is fashioned out of repoussé metalwork featuring auspicious symbols and a single aureole-shaped window (prabha-torana), with a small deity amulet.

Brand: Unmarked
Religion or Sect: Buddhism
Subject: Budai
Materials: Fabric, Metal
Marks: No Discernible Maker’s Mark
Number of Items: 1

Terms & Conditions


- fabric faded and fraying; some staining to fabric; oxidation and verdigris to metal.


4.0" W x 5.0" H x 1.75" D

- measures in cloth case.

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