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Amulet Box (Gau)

19th century

Rubin Museum of Art

Rubin Museum of Art
New York, United States

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.

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  • 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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