Made in Nepal Tibetan Buddhist Gau Box (Portable Shrine)
A Gau is a Tibetan Buddhist amulet container or prayer box. It's also called Ghau or Gao depending on the dialect you're using. It's used to house magical amulets and similar mystical objects thought to ward off evil and protect against danger and disease. A Gau exhibits cultural similarity with similar artifacts across the world like the American Conjure Bags, African Mojo Heads, and South American Charm Vials. A Gau can contain mantras, pictures, small Buddha statues or medicinal herbs.This glimmering copper artifact, gilded with 24-carat gold, has been handcrafted by some of the finest artisans from Nepal, in the traditional Tibetan artistic tradition. The front of the Gau has a window to display the contents inside. The back and side walls are made of copper and can be opened. It is designed to be strapped to a cross-belt, or as a locket. It has a brocade outer cover that can even be fitted and worn around with a waistband.The front panel of the Gau depicts the Ashtamangala - the 8 auspicious signs. They are - the conch, the endless knot, a pair of golden fish, lotus flower, parasol, vase, dharmachakra, and the dhvaja or the victory banner. These powerful symbols are revered in various different traditions of Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism.
Copper Statue Gilded with 24 Karat Gold
4.7 inch Height x 4.2 inch Width x 1.7 inch Depth