This glimmering copper artifact, gilded with 24-carat gold, has been handcrafted by some of the finest artisans from Nepal, in the traditional Tibetan artistic tradition. The front of the Gau has a window to display the contents inside. The back and side walls are made of copper and can be opened. It is designed to be strapped to a cross-belt, or as a locket. It has a brocade outer cover that can even be fitted and worn around with a waistband.
The front panel of the Gau depicts the Ashtamangala - the 8 auspicious signs. They are - the conch, the endless knot, a pair of golden fish, lotus flower, parasol, vase, dharmachakra, and the dhvaja or the victory banner. These powerful symbols are revered in various different traditions of Buddhism, Jainism and Hinduism.
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