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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
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 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 Silver Filigree Gau
Large Antique Silver Filigree Gau
Our Price: £350.00

A superb antique silver gau with turquoise and coral inlay and lovely filligree work. The centre is gilded. There is minor weathering to the body, which is to be expected from a piece of this age. An amazing piece to store sacred relics or other 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

SOLD!

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
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
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
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 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.
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
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
Old Silver & Copper Gau with Guru Padmasambhava Tsa Tsa
Old Silver & Copper Gau with Guru Padmasambhava Tsa Tsa

SOLD!

A large traditional Tibetan gau or personal travelling altar. The silver front displays auspicious symbols, Kirtimukha and jewel design. There is a small window to enable viewing of a small Padmasambhava Tsa Tsa. Also includes a very weathered brocade case.

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
4.25 incches x 3.25 inches
depth 1.7 inches