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A collection of antique sacred amulets known in Tibet as gau or ghau.
Traditionally worn for personal adornment and to invoke
spiritual blessings and protection.

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Two Antique Tibetan Gaus or Reliquary Amulets with Lama Statue
Two Antique Tibetan Gaus or Reliquary Amulets with Lama Statue
Our Price: £450.00

This is a very interesting pair of antique gaus from Tibet. They are strung on a wide braided cotton cord to allow them to be worn comfortably across the body. They were aquired together in this way and have been left in their original found condition. The largest gau is crafted from copper and is decorated with Auspcious Symbols and has a viewing window. Inside the gau is a wooden votive statue that shows signs of considerable age (believed to be much older than the gau).

The Lama sits in full lotus posture and holds a skull cup in his left hand and there are faint traces of red paint on his robes. His right arm has long since been lost and perhaps once held a Vajra or was in the mudra of teaching. The base of the statue has been sealed with pitch, so it has clearly been consecrated and most likely filled with a roll of mantras.The round gau has a copper back and has a silver filigree front and is inlaid with blue glass to substitute turquoise. Inside is contained a printed page of a sadhana in Tibetan script.

Origin: Tibet
Age of gaus 19th C (The wooden votive statue is believed to be much earlier)
Gau condition: Very Good with minor weathering and patina commensurate with age.
largest measures 85 mm x 55 mm
smallest measures 55 mm x 19 mm (depth)
wooden statue measure 76 mm x 52 mm
Antique Silver Gau with Turquoise
Antique Tibetan Silver Gau with Coral Mount - 19th C
Our Price: £395.00

A marvelous Tibetan silver and gilt gau with red coral mount. A great piece that is still very suitable to be worn.

Origin: Tibet
Age: 19th C
Condition: Very good with patina commensurate with age.
weight 71.3 grmas
width 2.4 inches
height 2.9 inches
depth 22 mm
Large Antique Tibetan Gau with Mani Mantra
Large Antique Tibetan Gau with Mani Mantra & Viewing Window
Our Price: £350.00

An impressive large size gau with viewing window. The front displays the Mani mantra in Tibetan script. The front is probably crafted from copper that has oxidised a lovely silvery dark colour. It also comes with a strap and leather frame that allows the gau to be worn on the body (this is a later addition to the gau).

Age: 19th Century/Early 20th C
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering and lovely patina.
Material: Copper/Bronze Alloy
Origin: Tibet/Nepal
height approx 6 inches
width at widest point 5.5 inches
depth approx 35 mm
Large Antique Tibetan Gau with Turquoise Inlay - 19th C
Large Antique Tibetan Silver Gau with Turquoise Inlay - 19th C
Our Price: £350.00

A beautiful antique gau with ornamental filigree work and turquoise inlay. This large piece would make a lovely amulet or can be kept as a shrine gau for sacred relics or precious items. The back removes to allow for easy storing of items.

Origin: Tibet
Age: 19th Century
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering (mainly on the reverse side)
Material: Silver with turquoise inlay
88 mm x 88 mm x 16 mm
Large Antique Tibetan Gau with Amitayus Tsa Tsa
Large Antique Tibetan Gau with Amitayus Tsa Tsa
Our Price: £300.00

A superb antique gau with ornamental filigree work and turquoise inlay. There is minor weathering, which is to be expected from a piece of this age. This large piece would make a lovely container or shrine gau for sacred relics or precious items. The back removes to allow for easy storing of items. Also includes a small antique Tsa Tsa of Buddha Amitayus.

Age: 19th Century
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering and lovely usage patina.
Material: Brass,Copper
Origin: Tibet
110 mm x 90 mm x 40 mm
Large Antique Tibetan Gau Inlaid with Turquoise
Large Antique Tibetan Gau Inlaid with Turquoise
Our Price: £300.00

A superb antique gau with ornamental filigree work and turquoise inlay. There is minor weathering, which is to be expected from a piece of this age. This large piece would make a lovely container or shrine gau for sacred relics or precious items. The back removes to allow for easy storing of items.

Late 19th/Early 20th Century
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering
Material: Silver
Origin: Tibet
85 mm x 88 mm x 15 mm
Large Antique Tibetan Gau Inlaid with Turquoise
Large Antique Tibetan Gau Inlaid with Turquoise
Our Price: £300.00

A superb antique gau with ornamental filigree work and turquoise inlay. There is minor weathering, which is to be expected from a piece of this age. This large piece would make a lovely container or shrine gau for sacred relics or precious items. The back removes to allow for easy storing of items.

Late 19th/Early 20th Century
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering
Material: Copper and Silver
Origin: Tibet
98 mm x 92 mm x 18 mm
Large Antique Tibetan Gau Inlaid with Turquoise
Large Antique Tibetan Gau Inlaid with Turquoise
Our Price: £300.00

A superb antique gau with ornamental filigree work and turquoise inlay. There is minor weathering, which is to be expected from a piece of this age. This large piece would make a lovely container or shrine gau for sacred relics or precious items. The back removes to allow for easy storing of items.

Late 19th/Early 20th Century
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering
Material: Copper and Silver
Origin: Tibet
85 mm x 70 mm x 17 mm
Antique Tibetan Gau with Small Statue
Antique Tibetan Silver Fronted Gau with Small Statue - 19th C
Our Price: £300.00

A traditional silver with copper back traveling gau with auspicious symbols. It has a window to view a small antique gilded copper statue of an unknown deity (possibly a seated Machik Labdron with an extended arm holding a damaru). A single piece of turquoise remains in the headress and gilt remains on the front of the body. The deity is attached to a cushioned backrest by copper wire and also sits on a cushion to allow easy viewing in the window. This is an unusual piece because gaus are rarely discovered with their original contents. The statue is likely to pre-date the gau and was clearly a cherished personal practice support for someone. A collectible piece from a bygone age.

Origin: Tibet, Himalayas
Condition: Good with some corrosion and pitting to the copper at the back.
Age: 19th century or earlier
height of deity approx 60 mm
height of gau approx 100 mm (4 inches)
depth of gau approx 40 mm
width of gau appox 70 mm
Large Copper Gau with Miniature Painting
Large Copper Gau with Miniature Painting of Buddha Shakyamuni
Our Price: £275.00

This is a beautiful large glass fronted copper gau that includes an antique hand painted miniature thangka of Buddha Shakyamuni.

Origin: Mongolia
width 81.08 mm
height 87.96 mm
Mid to late 19th Century
Antique Copper Gau with Painting
Antique Copper Gau with Miniature Painting of Shakyamuni Buddha
Our Price: £250.00

This is a beautiful large glass fronted gau that includes a hand painted miniature thangka (Burhany Zurag) of Buddha Shkyamuni. The painting is particularly fine.

width 53 mm
height 68 mm
late 19th/early 20th Century
Antique Copper Gau with Painting
Antique Copper Gau with Miniature Painting of Green Tara
Our Price: £200.00

This is a beautiful large glass fronted gau that includes a hand painted miniature thangka (Burhany Zurag) of Green Tara.

height 69 mm
width 52 mm
late 19th/early 20th Century
Antique Copper & Brass Gau with Painting
Antique Copper & Brass Gau with Miniature Painting of Shakyamuni Buddha
Our Price: £200.00

This is a beautiful large glass fronted gau that includes a hand painted miniature thangka (Burhany Zurag) of Buddha Shkyamuni. The gau has a copper back and brass front.

width 70 mm
height 90 mm
late 19th/early 20th Century
Old Silver & Copper Gau with Ushnishvijaya Tsa Tsa
Old Silver & Copper Gau with Ushnishvijaya Tsa Tsa
Our Price: £190.00

This is a very nice old traditional Tibetan gau displaying two dragons, a Kirtimukha and jewel design on the front. There is a small window to enable viewing of a small antique Ushnishvijaya (Female Longevity Buddha) Tsa Tsa. It fits snugly inside a weathered case.

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Age: late 19th/ early 20th century
diameter 3.3 inches
depth 1.3 inches
Antique Tibetan Gau with Om Seed Syllable in Ranjana Script
Antique Tibetan Gau with Om Seed Syllable in Ranjana Script
Our Price: £185.00

A very nice large antique brass gau engraved with the Om symbol. Gaus of this size would usually hold a small Tsa Tsa or Statue. It can be kept on your shrine to house your most precious items.

Condition: Good with some wear commensurate with age.
Origin: Tibet
late 19th/early 20th century
width approx 93.75 mm
height approx 80.54 mm
Old Gau with Vajrapani Painting
Old Gau with Vajrapani Painting
Our Price: £180.00

A very nice glass fronted copper and brass gau. Displaying a hand painted image of Vajrapani from the late 19th century.

Condition: Very good with some weathering
Age: Late 19th Century
width 49 mm
height 53 mm
Origin: Mongolia
Antique Tibetan Gau with Om Seed Syllable in Ranjana Script
Antique Tibetan Gau with Om Seed Syllable in Ranjana Script
Our Price: £165.00

A wonderful antique brass gau with the Om symbol engraved on the front.

Condition: Very good with old repair on the reverse.
late 19th/ early 20th Century
2.5 inches x 2.6 inches
Large Antique Tibetan Gau with Turquoise Inlay - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Gau with Turquoise Inlay - 19th C
Our Price: £150.00

A delightful antique gau with ornamental filigree work and turquoise inlay. This large piece would make a lovely focal piece on a necklace or can be kept as a shrine gau for sacred relics or precious items. The back removes to allow for easy storing of items. This shape is believed to represent a double vajra.

Origin: Tibet
Age: 19th Century
Condition: Mostly Good with weathering on the reverse and
loss of turquoise to one of the triangular sections.
Material: Silver and copper with turquoise inlay
approx 3 inches x 3 inches
depth approx 16 mm
Antique Tibetan Gau Inlaid with Glass Garnet
Antique Tibetan Gau Inlaid with Glass Garnet
Our Price: £145.00

A superb antique gau with a glass imitation garnet cabachon and a raised concentric design. The copper back removes to allow for the easy storage of sacred relics.

Age: Early to mid 20th C
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering
Material: Silver Plate & Copper
Origin: Tibet
52 mm x 43 mm x 16 mm
Old Silver & Copper Gau
Old Silver & Copper Gau
Our Price: £140.00

This is a very nice old traditional Tibetan gau displaying auspicious symbols on the front. There is a small window to enable viewing of a small Rupa or Tsa Tsa.

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Age: late 19th/ early 20th century
height 83 mm
width 70
depth 33 mm
Antique Tibetan Gau
Antique Tibetan Gau
Our Price: £95.00

A very nice antique gau with wear commensurate with age and use. The brass front has a wonderful warm patina and displays various auspicious symbols. The back is made from copper.

Good with an old repair to one side
Age: 19th Century
height approx 8.5 cm
width approx 7.5 cm
Old Tibetan Gau with Tara Tsa Tsa
Old Tibetan Gau with Tara Tsa Tsa
Our Price: £80.00

A traditional Tibetan gau with viewing window. This large piece would make a lovely container or shrine gau for sacred relics or precious items. The back removes to allow for easy storage of items. Inside is a Tsa Tsa depicting a blue coloured Tara. The front displays auspicious symbols and it has an old brocade outer cover.

The Gau is crafted from copper and has a silver metal front.
Origin: Tibet or Nepal
Age: 20th Century
approx 118 mm x 88 mm x 40 mm
Old Tibetan Gau with Tara Tsa Tsa
Old Tibetan Gau with Tara Tsa Tsa
Our Price: £70.00

A traditional Tibetan gau with viewing window. This large piece would make a lovely container or shrine gau for sacred relics or precious items. The back removes to allow for easy storage of items. Inside is a Tsa Tsa depicting Tara which is a later addition and can be removed if necessary. The front displays auspicious symbols and it has an old brocade outer cover.

The Gau is crafted from copper and has a silver metal front.
Origin: Tibet or Nepal
Age: 20th Century
approx 4.5 inches x 3.3 inches
1.6 inches depth
Old Silver & Brass Gau
Old Silver & Brass Gau
Our Price: £70.00

This is a very nice old traditional Tibetan gau displaying auspicious symbols on the front. There is a small window to enable viewing of a small Rupa or Tsa Tsa.

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Age: Early 20th Century
height 64mm
width 51
depth 22 mm
Extra Large Antique Style Brass Cylinder Scroll Gau
Extra Large Antique Style Brass Cylinder Scroll Gau - 4.25 inches
Our Price: £55.00

An extra large brass cylinder shaped gau. Engraved with a foliage design and longevity symbols at each end. Excellent for housing and carrying takdrol, mantras, precious relics and blessed items on your body.

Width approx 2.5 cm
length approx 4.25 inches
hand crafted in Nepal
Antique Style Silver Plated Scroll Gau
Antique Style Silver Plated Scroll Gau
Our Price: £49.95

A very nice antique style silver plated scroll gau. They are excellent for housing takdrol or carrying precious relics and blessed items on your body.

Width approx 2.2 cm
length approx 9.7 cm
hand crafted in Nepal
Antique Style Copper Scroll Gau
Antique Style Copper Cylinder Scroll Gau
Our Price: £49.95

A very nice antique style copper and brass gau. They are excellent for housing takdrol or carrying precious relics and blessed items on your body.

Width approx 2.2 cm
length approx 9 cm
hand crafted in Nepal
Material: Copper and Brass
Antique Style Brass Scroll Gau
Antique Style Brass Scroll Gau
Our Price: £49.95

A very nice antique style engraved brass gau. They are excellent for housing and carrying precious relics and blessed items on your body.

Width approx 2.5 cm
length approx 8.5 cm
hand crafted in Nepal
late 20th century