A Tibetan Gau Box is a Buddhist amulet container or prayer box, usually worn as jewelry.
In these two Gau Boxes the box slides open from the bottom, and a prayer or love amulet can be placed inside. Most Gau Boxes are made of heavy silver and traditionally inlaid with coral and turquoise, although amber and other stones can also be used.
The first Gau Box contains true Tibetan turquoise in a beautiful shade of dark greeny blue.
This second one uses the lighter Chinese turquoise which is more readily available than Tibetan turquoise. Detail of the Gau Box. The inside of the box is very plain and didn’t make a very interesting photo. I am still trying to find new ways of photographing jewelry, and here I have draped the necklace over a Buddhist hand from Laos. Attempt #2, with a ‘seamless’ background and a tripod.
More of Jennifer Nichole Wells’ One Word Challenge: Box.