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"Gau" , XIX century, author unknown
Gau - a tiny casket depicting deities of the Buddhist pantheon.

Tibet; XIX century. Silver, gold plated filigree, coral, turquoise, lapis lazuli

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Gau - Tibetan tiny casket, which contained the written prayers, grain, images of deities and etc .; which was usually worn on the chest by the representative of the upper classes of the Tibetan nobility.

On the outer surface of the cover Gau depicts Bodhisattva of Wisdom - Manjushri. The main attributes of the deity is a sword, cleaving "Clouds of ignorance" and a book of wisdom Pradzhnyaparamemita resting on a lotus in Bodhisattva's left hand. The body of Manjushri is modeled by coral.

On the inner surface of the lid there is depicted the bodhisattva Vajrapani in a peaceful incarnation. The name of the deity is "Vajra Bearer." The name of the deity is "Vajra Bearer." In Tibetan Buddhism, he is revered, as the defender of the secret teachings, hitting misleading.

The second leaf of Gau depicts Avalokitesvara Bodhisattva, who personifies all the Buddhas of Compassion. The figures are made of turquoise and lapis lazuli. Thus, the Gau presents the most revered bodhisattva in Buddhism, forming a triad "Avalokiteshvara, Manjushri, Vajrapani"
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