A silver fronted copper box [Early 18th century]

A silver fronted copper box. གའུ་ (Wylie ga’u) 11 x 8 x 4 cm. A pendant box worn around the neck or occasionally on the lower back. A reliquary box, charm box or amulet used to hold religious objects such as small deity statues or printed paper mantras. . Creation dates: Early 18th century. Actual date unknown but suggested by current owner.

Custodial history: An item owned by the family of Buchen Pema Tsewang and passed down through generations of Lama Mani in Tibet. Following his death the material has been handed down to his son Pema Choephel who is not a practising Lama Manipa.

Extent and format of original material: One charm box.

Owner(s) of original material: Pema Choephel. Material inherited from his late father, the Lama Manipa Buchen Pema Tsewang.