This unique piece comes from Southeastern Tibet, possibly the region of Kompo, and dates from the late 19th century. The front cover is cast brass and the sides and back are copper. This particular gau portrays the "Old White Man" on the front, doing the long life water ritual. The surrounding circle is composed of the 8 auspicious emblems and the zodiac signs. It has its' original leather straps along with two leather pouches containing prayers. On the inside are the original prayers printed on cloth and a bronze image of Kubera, a long life deity, holding a water pot in the right hand and a mongoose (wealth emanating) in the left hand. This unusual shows a beautiful worn patina from many years of use; it was most likely given to someone for long life and wealth. Dimensions are 3" in diameter and 1 1/2" deep.