Like the blacksmith, the master of precious metal working also only needs a few tools. They, too, often work close to their clients.
Photo by Guy Van Strydonck
Gau, silver, fire-gilding, turquoise; size: 17 cm x 12 cm x 5,5 cm; loan from the National Museum, Paro
A gau, containing prayers, small statues of saints or relics, is worn around the neck for protection while traveling. This piece is made of filigreed and imbossed silver, which is finally partly engraved. Forged ornamental wires were soldered on at the indents on the piece. The precious stones are set in glueing wax.