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Amulet case

  • Place of origin:

    Tibet (made)

  • Date:

    19th century (made)

  • Artist/Maker:


  • Materials and Techniques:

    Silver gilt, filigree, semi-precious stones

  • Museum number:


  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

The shape of this woman's amulet box or 'ga'u' was most popular in Lhasa, where the artistocracy commissioned similar pieces set with precious stones. This is a less expensive piece perhaps made for a less wealthy family.

The use of a central stone cut in the form of a deity is more typical of Nepalese craftsmanship. It points to the work of a Nepalese craftsman probably working in Tibet for Tibetan patrons.

Physical description

Amulet case (g'au) of silver gilt, decorated with filigree, and jewelled with turquoise and other semi-precious stones. It is set with a central red stone cut in relief with a standing tantric figure of eight-armed Avalokitesvara.

Place of Origin

Tibet (made)


19th century (made)



Materials and Techniques

Silver gilt, filigree, semi-precious stones


Height: 9.5 cm, Width: 9.5 cm, Depth: 1.5 cm

Descriptive line

Amulet case, silver gilt, Tibet, 19th century.


Silver; Turquoise; Semi-precious stone


Gilded; Filigree; Inlay


Religion; Buddhism


South & South East Asia Collection

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