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Himalayan Art Online / GAU EN ALLIAGE D'ARGENT ET DE CUIVRE DORE TIBET, XIXE SIECLE

Lot 75
GAU EN ALLIAGE D'ARGENT ET DE CUIVRE DORE
TIBET, XIXE SIECLE
1 – 10 June 2021, 12:00 CEST
Paris

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GAU EN ALLIAGE D'ARGENT ET DE CUIVRE DORE

TIBET, XIXE SIECLE
Inset with turquoise
Himalayan Art Resources item no.4450
21.2 cm (8 3/8 in.) high

Footnotes

A SILVER AND GILT COPPER ALLOY GAU
TIBET, 19TH CENTURY

With applied roundels of Atisha, lineage masters, and offering goddesses. Compare with closely related examples in Rubin Museum of Art, New York (HAR 57003) and the Museum Rietberg, Zürich (Uhlig, On the Path to Enlightenment, Zürich, 1995, p.211, no.158.

As Henss notes, "A metal ga'u serves as a kind of multi-functional amulet box for protection and prayer, defence and decoration, as a personal emblem of rank and social status, or to ensure good health and wealth, safe travel and good business." (Buddhist Ritual Art of Tibet, Stuttgart, 2020, p.368.)

Provenance
Private European Collection assembled in the 1960s and 1970s

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