Amulet case (Gau)

Historical period(s)
19th century
Silver, glass beads and turquoise
H x W x D: 13.6 x 6.1 x 2.1 cm (5 3/8 x 2 3/8 x 13/16 in)
Credit Line
Gift of Charles Lang Freer
Freer Gallery of Art
Accession Number
On View Location
Currently not on view
Container, Metalwork

Amulet case

chasing, inlay, protection, Tibet, twisted wire, wirework

To 1907
Unidentified owner, Columbo, Sri Lanka, to 1907 [1]

From 1907 to 1919
Charles Lang Freer (1854-1919), purchased from an unidentified owner in Columbo, Sri Lanka, in 1907 [2]

From 1920
Freer Gallery of Art, gift of Charles Lang Freer in 1920 [3]


[1] See Reserved Metal List, R. 5218, Freer Gallery of Art and Arthur M. Sackler Gallery Archives.

[2] See note 1.

[3] The original deed of Charles Lang Freer's gift was signed in 1906. The collection was received in 1920 upon the completion of the Freer Gallery.

Previous Owner(s)

Charles Lang Freer 1854-1919

Published References
  • Gerd Hopfner, Gesine Haase. Metallschmuck aus Indien. Veroffentlichungen des Museums fur Volkerkunde Berlin, n. F., 35 Berlin. cat. 101.
  • Pratapaditya Pal, Hugh Richardson, Dale Carolyn Gluckman. Art of Tibet: A Catalogue of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art Collection., expanded edition. Los Angeles and New York. p. 251.
Collection Area(s)
South Asian and Himalayan Art
Web Resources
Google Cultural Institute
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