Antique Tibetan Heirloom Gau (Prayer)Box and Carnelian Necklace


This is a Tibetan Gau Box (prayer box) that I found in an old antiques store in Seattle. It was in several pieces and some of the hollow silver pieces were nearly destroyed but I was able to restore and reconstruct most of it replacing only the stringing material ( a heavy strength beading wire) and clasp. Traditionally, Tibetans wear them around their neck, and inside such a precious box -called Gau in Tibetan- amulets are placed that can help heal or prevent disease and serve as a protection talisman. The amulet papers are usually ‘prescribed’ and made and blessed by a Lama to address specific life issues, such as health, happiness, prosperity, protection and attraction. Besides amulet papers also mantras, pictures, small Buddha statues and Tibetan medicine pills can be put in this special locket. This one has a brass plate front overlaid with sterling silver and sterling wire and coral dangles. There is a series of carnelian round and rondelle beads, sterling silver spacer beads, two large round jasper beads, a set of hammered Indian brass beads and two enamel and sterling lantern beads plus two polished carnelian barrel beads and sterling charms and column beads. The clasp is a heavy duty silver plated toggle much like the original which had been crushed somehow. The Gau box has a carnelian cabachon on the front. It was made sometime in the 1800's and has exquisite craftsmanship. The necklace is 22 inches long and the pendant is 2 x 3/18 inches.

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