Gau are amulet boxes made of precious metals, turquoise, coral, or other jewels. Traditionally, Tibetans wear them around their neck, and inside the wearer places amulets that can help heal or prevent disease and serve as a protection talisman. Included are papers ‘prescribed’, made and blessed by a Lama to address specific life issues, such as health, happiness, prosperity, protection and attraction; also mantras, pictures, small Buddha statues and Tibetan medicine pills can be put in these special lockets.
This multi-cultural necklace has a center focal quatrefoil gau amulet box of intricately coiled and shaped wire and cabochon set turquoise and coral. Gold plated, gem encrusted and hung with an eclectic mix of fine beads: faceted natural turquoise teardrops, coral snake glass, red pearls, Ghana gilded textured tubes, Tibetan gemstone studded brass balls. This old gau is approximated to be 30 years old and is in very good condition. 3” wide and it opens to hold a prayer.