AGE: – Exact age unknown pre 20th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – brass/bronze
DESCRIPTION: – Nepalese Gao Buddhist Prayer Box – Box has rust but stable
HEIGHT: – 8cm
WEIGHT:– 1.9 Kg
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Antique mixed metal Nepalese Gao Buddhist Prayer Box with a small molded clay tsa tsa figure of the Buddhist deity Manjushree visible through the round glass centre piece on top of the box. The Gao box is enclosed in a stitched silk cloth with a carrying strap. The 12 animals of the Nepalese zodiac surrounding the clay deity decorate the top of the box.
The Gao prayer box of Nepal and Tibet is a portable ritualistic shrine carried by monks. It was used to carry sacred relics, medicinal herbs, tsa tsa Buddhist objects and other items considered to have magical powers. It is believed that the Gao offers protection when traveling and normally carried around the neck which hangs down close to the heart area.
Inside this box is a small clay figure of the Manjushree Buddhist Deity with several silk Buddhist prayer flags with Nepalese script and drawings. These type of flags are often seen in Nepalese and Tibetan monasteries.
Manjushree is the chief Bodhisattva and represents courage and wisdom, he is considered to be one of the most iconic deity’s in Mahayana Buddhist literature and art and is one of the chief disciple of the historical Buddha Shakyamuni.