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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 gaus from Tibet that are strung on a wide braided cotton cord to allow them to be worn comfortably across the body. They were found 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
Large Silver Rupa Gau
Our Price: £450.00

A large fine quality pure silver gau. It displays an open window to allow viewing of a small rupa or Tsa Tsa. It is finely engraved with auspicious symbols and has the Kalachakra symbol on the reverse. It could also house and protect important relics.

Age: 20th C
Hand crafted in  Nepal.
height 83.12 mm
width 82.52 mm
Large Antique Silver Filigree Gau
Large Antique Silver Filigree Gau
Our Price: £350.00

A superb antique silver filigree gau with turquoise and coral inlay. The centre appears to be gilded. There is minor weathering to the body, which is to be expected from a piece of this age. This large gau would make a lovely amulet or shrine gau for sacred relics or precious items. The copper back is easily removed.

Late 19th/Early 20th Century
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering
Origin: Tibet
height 130 mm
width 88 mm
depth 22 mm
Antique Silver Gau with Turquoise
Antique Silver Gau with Turquoise
Our Price: £350.00

A fine antique silver and copper gau, displaying a patina that only develops from many years of handling and close contact to the body. Inlaid with a lovely turquoise cabachon. A great piece that is still very suitable to be worn and store sacred relics etc.

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
width 44 mm
height 70 mm
depth 26 mm
late 19th or early 20th century
Antique Silver Gau with Turquoise
Antique Silver Gau with Turquoise
Our Price: £350.00

A lovely antique silver and brass gau, displaying a patina that only develops from many years of handling and close contact to the body. An old turquoise bead has been used as a cabachon.

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
width 49 mm
height 64 mm
19th Century
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.

Age: 19th Century
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering and lovely usage patina.
Material: Silver
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 Gau with Small Statue
Our Price: £300.00

A traditional silver and copper traveling gau with auspicious symbols. It has a window to view a small gilded copper statue of an unknown deity. 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 may actually pre-date the gau. 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 a hand painted miniature thangka of Buddha Shakyamuni.

Origin: Mongolia
width 81.08 mm
height 87.96 mm
late 19th/ early 20th 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 Brass Gau with Miniature Tsa Tsa of Buddha Shakyamuni
Antique Gau with Miniature Tsa Tsa of Buddha Shakyamuni
Our Price: £200.00

A wonderful glass fronted gau that includes a hand painted miniature Tsa Tsa of Buddha Shakyamuni. The gau has a brass back and the very front appears to be silver.

Origin: Mongolia
width 26 mm height 42 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
Large Sino-Tibetan Square Gau
Large Sino-Tibetan Square Gau
Our Price: £200.00

A superb antique gau with unusual enamel inlay. The centre also includes a coral cabachon. There is minor weathering and a little loss to the enamel, which is to be expected from a piece that was clearly worn as an amulet. This gau was sealed shut long ago, so the original contents still remain intact and a mystery.

Early 20th Century
Condition: Very Good with minor weathering
Origin: Tibet
67  mm x 67 mm
depth 15 mm
Large Sino-Tibetan Rectangular Gau
Large Sino-Tibetan Rectangular Gau
Our Price: £180.00

A superb antique gau with unusual enamel inlay and swirling filigree work. The centre also includes carnelian and two coral cabachons. 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 with Silver & Enamel Filigree
Origin: Tibet
76 mm x 56 mm x 17 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
Old Tibetan Gau
Old Tibetan Gau
Our Price: £175.00

A beautiful old silver plated copper gau. Displays the character for Om in Ranjana script.

Condition: Very good with a small amount of wear.
late 19th/ early 20th Century

height 77.23 mm
width 79.80 mm
Antique Copper Gau with Tsa Tsa of Je Tsongkhapa
Antique Copper Gau with Tsa Tsa of Je Tsongkhapa
Our Price: £150.00

A wonderful glass fronted copper gau that includes an antique Tsa Tsa of Je Tsongkhapa.

Origin: Mongolia
width 23 mm height 29 mm
late 19th/early 20th Century
Antique Tibetan Silver Gau Front - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Silver Gau - 19th C
Our Price: £150.00

A great looking antique Tibetan silver gau inlaid with turquoise and having a copper back. The gau is sealed shut and may still have some of its blessed contents present, however, we have not opened it to see. A lovely old piece with a nice patina.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 15 grams
31 mm x 34 mm
Age: Late 19th/Early 20th C
Material: Tibetan Silver, Copper and turquoise.
Extra Large Gau with Auspicious Symbols
Extra Large Silver Plated Gau with Auspicious Symbols & Tara Tsa Tsa
Our Price: £150.00

An extra large silver plated gau from Nepal that displays auspicious symbols on the front. The back is made from copper and removes to allow for storing sacred items. Inside this gau there appears to be a Tsa Tsa of Tara. There is probably not a great deal of age to this piece but it is still a lovely looking gau.

Origin: Nepal
late 20th Century
height 7 inches
width 6 inches
depth 2.5 inches
Antique Wooden Gau with Buddha Amulet
Antique Wooden Gau with Buddha Shakyamuni Amulet
Our Price: £150.00

A lovely antique decorated wooden gau with viewing window.  Inside is a small Buddha amulet that is probably a later addition. The back also look like a later addition.

Age: late 19th century
Condition: Very Good with some wear.
Material: Wood
Origin: Tibet or Mongolia
height 112 mm
width 70 mm
depth 50 mm
depth 35 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
Old Tibetan Gau with Guru Padmasambhava Tsa Tsa
Old Tibetan Gau with Guru Padmasambhava Tsa Tsa
Our Price: £120.00

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 Guru Padmasambhava. The front displays auspicious symbols and it has an old brocade outer cover.

Gau is crafted from copper and white metal.
Age: 20th Century
Origin: Tibet or Nepal
110 mm x 80 mm x 45 mm
Antique Engraved Tibetan Gau
Antique Engraved Tibetan Gau
Our Price: £115.00

A very nice large gau engraved with the character for Om in Indian script. 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
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 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
Large Silver Plated Gau
Large Silver Plated Gau
Our Price: £65.00

A vintage gau from Nepal that displays auspicious symbols on the front. It fits snugly in a red brocade cover. This is a perfect size for keeping a small statue inside.

Origin: Nepal
Age: 30 years
height 130 mm
width 98 mm
depth 50 mm
Antique Tibetan Silver Gau Front - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Silver Gau Front - 19th C
Our Price: £60.00

A great looking antique Tibetan silver gau front inlaid with coral and turquoise. Please note that the back of the gau is no longer present. This is something a good silversmith could replace.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 27 grams
53 mm diameter
14 mm depth
Age: Late 19th/Early 20th C
Material: Tibetan Silver and Turquoise
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 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
Antique Tibetan Silver Gau & Antique Ivory
Antique Tibetan Silver Gau & Antique Ivory - 19th C

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This is one of the most interesting pieces in the Stone Routes collection. Here we have a very old ivory ring that has been decorated with circular eyes and housed in a silver gau container. The back is made from copper. Ivory rings are typically worn as hair ornaments by men in East Tibet. This piece is extremely old and is likely to date much earlier than the silver container. The container has holes in the side to allow cord to pass through this and the ivory, thus allowing it to be worn as a necklace. A beautiful piece with a fine usage patina. Inside the gau and sitting behind the ivory is a small parchment of printed paper with various symbols of an amuletic nature.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 53 grams
45 mm x 18 mm (depth)
Age: 19th C (Ivory may be earlier)
Material: Tibetan Silver, Copper and Ivory.
Antique Tibetan Silver Gau Front - 19th C
Antique Tibetan Silver Gau Front - 19th C

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A great looking antique Tibetan silver gau front inlaid with a small sherpa coral bead and displaying a raised double dorje design. Please note that the back of the gau is no longer present. This is something a good silversmith could replace.

Origin: Collected in Tibet in the 1980s and part of the Stone Routes Collection.
Weight: 26 grams
40 mm diameter
18 mm depth
Age: Late 19th/Early 20th C
Material: Tibetan Silver and Sherpa Coral
Antique Silver Gau with Coral
Antique Silver Gau with Coral

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A lovely antique silver and brass gau, displaying a patina that only develops from many years of handling and close contact to the body. An antique coral bead has been used as a cabachon.

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
width 37 mm
height 53 mm
depth 24 mm
19th Century
Antique Copper Gau with Painting
Antique Copper Gau with Miniature Painting of Shakyamuni Buddha

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This is a beautiful large glass fronted gau that includes a hand painted miniature painting of Buddha Shayamuni and the wrathful Vajrapani. The painting is a particularly nice example. The front of the gau is slightly coming away from the back which shouldn't be too dfficult to repair.

Origin: Mongolia
Condition: Mostly good with slight damage to the front of the gau.
width 79 mm
height 96 mm
late 19th/early 20th Century
Old Gau with Vajrapani Painting
Old Gau with Vajrapani Painting

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A very nice glass fronted copper and brass gau. Displays a hand painted image of Vajrapani.

Condition: Very good with some weathering
late 19th/ early 20th century
width 39 mm
height 52 mm
Origin: Mongolia
Antique Copper & Silver Gau with painting
Antique Copper & Silver Gau with Miniature Painting of the Medicine Buddha

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

width 59 mm
height 70 mm
Medicine Buddha Burhany Zurag = mid 19th/ early 20th century
Gau = late 19th/early 20th Century
Antique Copper & Brass Gau
Antique Copper & Brass Gau

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A superb antique copper and brass gau from Tibet.  There is some weathering to the body, which is to be expected from a piece of this age. It still remains intact and suitable to be worn. It would also make a lovely container for sacred relics or precious items.

Age: 19th century
Condition: Very Good with some wear.
Metal: copper and brass
Origin: Tibet
height 120 mm
width 100 mm
depth 35 mm
Large Traditional Rupa Gau
Large Traditional Rupa Gau

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A great looking traditional gau. It displays an open window to allow viewing of a small rupa or Tsa Tsa. The front displays auspicious symbols. It could also house and protect important relics and thus is a beatiful addition to any shrine.

mid 20th C
silver plated, brass and copper
height 6 inches
width 4.25 inches
depth 2 inches
Large Traditional Rupa Gau
Large Traditional Rupa Gau

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This is a very lovely looking traditional gau. It displays an open window to allow viewing of a small rupa. The front is finely carved with auspicious symbols, dragons and the mythical Makara. A Kalachakra symbol has been engraved on the reverse. It could also house and protect important relics and thus is a beatiful addition to any shrine.

late 20th C
silver plated copper
height 6 inches
width 4.25 inches
depth 2.25 inches
Old Tibetan Silver Gau
Old Tibetan Silver Gau

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This is a very nice heavy silver gau with a copper back. The window in the front allows you to display an image or miniature statue of your choice.

Origin: Tibet
diameter 60 mm
depth 16 mm
early 20th century
Old Tibetan Gau inlaid with Coral
Old Tibetan Gau inlaid with Coral

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This is a very nice silver and copper gau with brass inlay. Displays a beautiful antique red coral.

diameter 58.72 mm
depth 18.85 mm
Old Tibetan Gau
Antique Tibetan Gau

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This is a huge copper gau with a Norbu (Jewel) design on the front. It would make an excellent container for sacred objects or a small statue.

19th century
height approx 11 cm
width approx 11.5 cm
Origin: Tibet
Old Tibetan Gau
Old Tibetan Gau

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A very large gau with a flaming Vajra engraved on the front. This is a really beautiful and heavy piece. A gau of this size would usually house a Tsa Tsa or small statue.

Copper/Brass
Condition: Very good with some wear
height 72.58 mm
width 79.86 mm
late 19th/ early 20th century
Old Tibetan Gau
Old Tibetan Gau

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This is a very nice antique gau with a silver and brass front. The window allows you to see an image or small statue.

19th Century
Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
width = 7.6 cm
height 8.2 cm
Old Tibetan Gau
Old Tibetan Gau

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A great old copper gau with engraved double dorje.

late 19th/early 20th century
Origin: Tibet
width 73.00 mm
height 60.86 mm
Old Tibetan Gau
Old Tibetan Gau

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This is a very nice old gau made from copper and engraved with the Kalachakra symbol. Inside the gau is a large clay Tsa Tsa of Je Tsongkapa. It is a large size so would make a nice shrine gau.

Origin: Tibet
19th/early 20th Century
width 12 cm
height 10 cm
Antique Tibetan Gau
Antique Tibetan Gau

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This is a stunning old gau of rare appearance and size. It has a beautiful patina. The round shape brings to mind the Melong or ritual mirror, which represents the Dharmakaya.

19th Century
Copper and Brass
Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
width 94.00 mm
height 132.00 mm
depth 26.60 mm
Old Tibetan Gau
Old Tibetan Gau

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This is a great piece that would make a wonderful shrine gau. It could hold a small Buddha statue or relics.

Late 19th/early 20th century
Origin: Tibet/Himalayas/Mongolia
width 12cm
height 16 cm
Old Tibetan Gau
Old Tibetan Gau

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A very nice glass fronted silver on copper gau. Dispalys a rare quality hand painted Shakyamuni Buddha Tsa Tsa.

Condition: Very good with some weathering
width 81.08 mm
height 87.96 mm
late 19th/ early 20th century
Old Tibetan Gau
Old Tibetan Gau

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A wonderful piece that includes a Tsa Tsa depicting Dzambhala (the Bodhisattva of wealth), he is shown riding a snowlion. This glass fronted piece has the appearance of a small portable shrine.

late 19th/early 20th century
Condition: Good
height 64.78 width 43.53 mm
Old Tibetan Gau
Old Copper & Brass Gau

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This is a very nice old traditional Tibetan gau which is leather bound. There is a small window ro enable viewing of a small Rupa or Tsa Tsa.

height 55.89 mm
width 56.90
Old Tibetan Gau
Old Tibetan Gau

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This is a wonderful extra large gau that would make a great container for sacred relics on a shrine.

Condition: Excellent
19th Century
Origin: Tibet
height 14.5 cm
width 14 cm
Old Tibetan Gau
Old Tibetan Gau

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A beautiful old brass gau, displaying the character Hung in sanskrit. A large piece in very good condition.

late 19th/ early 20th Century

height 62.54 mm
width 66.12 mm
Vajrayogini Gau
OLD GAU WITH VAJRAYOGINI TSA TSA

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This is a stunning old copper gau with a Tsa Tsa of Vajrayogini

late 19th Century/early 20th century
height 43.22 mm
width 26.21 mm