An amulet box is filled with religious objects, the central arched window usually revealing a particularly precious item, often a small sculpture. The window’s frame is consequently decorated with the so-called six ornaments of a throne. Above the window are three teachers, Tsongkhapa flanked by his two chief disciples. At the height of the window’s arch are two wealth deities, the banner-holding Vaishravana seated on a lion on the left and the goddess Vasudhara on the right. The five dancing goddesses at the bottom personify offerings to the five senses (clockwise from the right): touch, smell, sight, hearing, and taste.


  • Title: Amulet Box (Gau)
  • Date Created: 19th century
  • Physical Dimensions: H 12.375 x W 9.375 x D 3 in.
  • Type: Sculpture
  • Rights: Rubin Museum of Art, C2008.21
  • Medium: Metal, silver
  • Exhibition History: Rubin Museum of Art, "Masterworks: Jewels of the Collection" (01/25/12 - 01/14/13), Rubin Museum of Art, "Embodying the Holy: Icons in Eastern Orthodox Christianity and Tibetan Buddhism" (10/05/10 - 03/07/11)

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