Woman’s oval ga’u

19th century, Tibet, woman's ga'u, brass with turquoise inlay, Liverpool Museum Tibet Collection.

19th century, Tibet, woman’s ga’u, brass with turquoise inlay, Liverpool Museum Tibet Collection.

The curator of the museum tells us that such oval amulet boxes are known as kerima, which means kidney, due to their shape.

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Amulet box with Manjushri

Four-armed Manjushri, Tibet, private collection, photo by Koller.

Ga’u with Four-armed Manjushri, Tibet, private collection, photo by Koller.

Manjushri is seated in the vajra position on a couple of mythical creatures, brandishing his sword and holding a manuscript at heart level with his main hands. The other hands hold a bow and an arrow. He is adorned with a five-leaf crown, jewellery and a celestial scarf. His hair is topped with a lotus bud finial.