Portable Prayers Bhutan

Many Buddhists in Tibet, Nepal, Bhutan, India use a prayer box pendant called a “Gau”. This particular intricate silver amulet ‘gau’ container is a personal charm box encased in a brocade covering. It contains prayers and small statues or relics. A gau was carried around the neck when traveling and used as a portable altar or as a shrine on an altar for a precious relic. The reliquary is often ornamented with eight auspicious symbols.

 

 Gau are made from silver, brass, copper, gold and other metals. Gau often have intricate designs, Auspicious Symbols and Mantras etched on their outer surface. Gau are sometimes studded with semi-precious gemstones believed to have various healing effects on the wearer. The most widespread Symbols are the Parasol, a Pair of Golden Fish, a Conch Shell, a Treasure Vase, a Lotus, an Infinite knot, the Victory Banner and the Wheel.

Gau in traditional life are also used as a portable shrine and are worn on a cord around the neck and hung close to the heart. Gau boxes open to a concealed inner space and might be used by Buddhists to hold a picture of their favorite Deity or Lama, a folded-up scroll of Sacred Mantras, special herbs or Sacred Relics. The Gau is used as an Amulet to help the wearer to ward off negative energy and attract blessings. 

Traveled home with me from Amankara Paro, Bhutan. 

Discover Musée des Arts Décoratifs

The MAD Musée, MAD in French stands for Mode, Arts, Design is in a 19th-century wing of the Louvre building on the Rue de Rivoli, however, it is not a wing of the Louvre. Last fall, I enjoyed the  “Christian Dior: Couturier du Rêve, exhibit which attracted a record breaking 708,000 visitors in 6 months.

I hope to pop through Paris in time to view the current exhibit: the jewelry collection of Diane Venet.  From Alexander Calder to Jeff Koons and ranging from Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso and Niki de Saint Phalle to César, Takis and Louise Bourgeois, a host of modern and contemporary artists have taken a close interest in jewelry. Diane Venet, who has collected artist’s jewelry for more than thirty years, is sharing her passion for these miniature artworks that often echo the artist’s formal language. Her collection of some 230 pieces, complemented by exceptional loans from galleries, collectors and the artists’ families, chronologically and thematically illustrates the work of 150 French and foreign artists. From March 7 to July 8, 2018, Diane Venet’s jewelry collection will be showcased in an exhibition designed by interior architect Antoine Plazanet and graphic designers ÉricandMarie.

the current exhibit: the jewelry collection of Diane Venet.  From Alexander Calder to Jeff Koons and ranging from Max Ernst, Pablo Picasso and Niki de Saint Phalle to César, Takis and Louise Bourgeois, a host of modern and contemporary artists have taken a close interest in jewelry. Diane Venet, who has collected artist’s jewelry for more than thirty years, is sharing her passion for these miniature artworks that often echo the artist’s formal language. Her collection of some 230 pieces, complemented by exceptional loans from galleries, collectors and the artists’ families, chronologically and thematically illustrates the work of 150 French and foreign artists. From March 7 to July 8, 2018, Diane Venet’s jewelry collection will be showcased in an exhibition designed by interior architect Antoine Plazanet and graphic designers ÉricandMarie.If you are staying at Le Meurice, please request des billets from the concierge.