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Antique Tibetan hair ghau

Antique Tibetan hair ghau

Regular price $625.00 USD
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Antique Tibetan hair Gau Amulet Tibetan Prayer Box, GhauTibet 19th c
This Gau was worn by a young male or female aristocrat or a high government official's servant at shoulder level on a single braid hanging down the back. A servant's gau was made of brass, not gold. Because of their positions, these gaus were larger than the ones worn on top of the head. The attractive decoration on each outer side consists of a round, a rectangular and an oval turquoise, each inset into a bezel and set against a background of wirework filigree Eternal Knots. The copper back pulls out for the insertion of prayers or relics. Lhasa, U Province, Central Tibet.  Circa 1920s because its turquoises are still rounded. They became flatter later.

Tibetan ghau’s - amulet containers, serve as jewelry when studded with turquoise and other precious and semi-precious stones. Made with gold and other precious metals , ghaus become ornamental as opposed to reliquary. These ghau’s are strung on thread with other beads and worn as a necklace. Strangers touching the gau is frowned upon as it could pollute its amuletic powers. 

This antique ghau pendant 2 3/4” x 2” in size and has all the stones are intact.

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