This is an antique
Tibetan Buddhist ga'u or reliquary box. Traditionally these are
filled with some sacred objects, relics and the like, and then
worn on a cord around the neck as a sort of religious talisman.
They are typically ornate and make for attractive jewelry but
they are in fact a mobile shrine, and one with protective
This ga'u is all copper and has a brass piece on the front
center showing jewels in the typical iconographic style that
symbolize the "precious jewels" of the Buddhist faith. The
jewels are Buddha, dharma, sangha, lama, yidam and dakini.
This reliquary box pendant is in generally good condition but
there are signs of age and use including some cracks on the back
side in the upper right, which are visible in the detail photos.
The inside is empty save for one remaining item which is a hand
written and drawn, double sided paper that is probably some kind
of astrological chart.
||Circa 19th C.
wide 4" high
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