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Traditional Tibetan Gau Prayer Box (Extra Large)

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A stunning Tibetan gau handcrafted from copper and richly carved with mystical Tibetan animals and auspicious symbols. It is large enough to hold a medium-sized statue or extra large tsa tsa alongside holy items and blessed objects, and can be used as a portable shrine or placed on your altar.
SKU: 81004600
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$833.33
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The Tibetan Gau (or Ghau) is a prayer box or amulet container traditionally used by Tibetan Buddhists as a reliquary to hold and carry sacred objects such as an image of the owner's personal deity wrapped in silk cloth, along with other holy objects or blessed items. Gaus were traditionally kept in custom-made silk pouches and carried close to the heart by the nomadic Tibetans during their travels as a source of protection and blessings.

This traditionally-shaped Tibetan gau is handcrafted from copper by master Himalayan craftsmen. It features rich carvings of mystical Tibetan animals and auspicious symbols such as snow lions, garudas, dragons, makaras, elephants and wish-fulfilling jewels. The large window allows the precious items contained within to be viewed.

This spacious fitted-back gau is large enough to hold a medium-sized statue or extra large tsa tsa alongside holy items and blessed objects, and can be used as a portable shrine or placed on your altar.

Directions for Use


  • Hold the front and back edges of the gau firmly and slide the two halves apart.

  • Fill the gau with the items of your choice. Traditionally, the gau is lined with yellow silk to protect the items within and to secure them in place. Foam or other materials can also be inserted to ensure the items inside the gau do not move about.

  • Optional: Fit a piece of glass at the underside of the window to protect the items within.

  • Close the gau by sliding the friction-fit halves back into place.

  • Ensure the gau remains shut by looping string or cord through the metal loops on both sides of the gau and securing them at the back.

Product Details

  • Material: Copper
  • Height: 457mm (18-in)
  • Width: 405mm (16-in)
  • Depth: 125mm (4.9-in)
  • Weight: 3.4 kg (7.5 lb)

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