Large Silver hand crafted Ghau box from Tibet
Meant to be worn on the waist belt as a spiritual ornament
Inlaid with superbly carved Buddha made from bone
Has a copper back.
Contains a few grains of dried leaves (possibly juniper) considered to be auspicious
While silver ghaus are not too uncommon, ones with such bone inlay work are rare.
Estimated to be from the early 1900s
13 X 14 X 4cm
History of this piece: Tibetan pilgrims offer these prayer wheels at monasteries as a token of worship. These offerings are then auctioned sometimes. This and the other prayer wheel 1288 and a few other items were acquired in such an auction.
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.