"Gau" , XIX century, author unknown
Gau - miniature casket depicting deities of the Buddhist pantheon, the attribute of the Tibetan nobility.
Tibet; XIX century. Silver alloy, gold-plated filigree, precious stones: garnets, emeralds, rubies, coral, turquoise, freshwater pearls, ivory
Silver amulet Gau depicts Buddhist deities Green Tara and Avalokiteshvara made at the highest technical and artistic level.
On the outer surface there is the Green Tara surrounded by two bodhisattvas. The figures are modeled in turquoise and coral, as it is prized in Tibet. Green Tara's traditional iconography: lalitasana position with the right foot resting on a lotus, peaceful appearance, body color - green. The idea of Tara (in Tibetan means "Savior") is associated with the legend of antient Princess, who gave the Buddha Amogasiddhi a promise to release all living beings from samsara.Her best-known manifestations are white and green Tara. The background around the figure of the Bodhisattva is entirely filled with gems.
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