"I think both pieces - yours, Thelma, and yours, Michael - are excellent pieces, and I also find myself quite convinced that the tree of life occurs on both. I must confess, Thelma, that I had not thought of this possibility before, but…"
"What you say makes excellent sense to me, Thelma. In particular, I agree that they are all Pashtun. And you may well be right to think that the Bir identification was based on the place of acquisition."
"Yes, I started by thinking that these came from Swat; and Swat was one of the locations mentioned by the excellent seller... together with Kohistan and Nooristan. I suspect they may have been included in the Afghanistan chapter of the Bir book…"
"Thanks very much, Michael, for all this excellent information. I agree with Joost about your gau. It is a beautiful piece. And for me it is more ... it is enlightening! I have a similar gau and I had never before made the connection with the…"
"Hi Joost,thank you for your nice comments on the G'au.
This kind of G'au should have a silver back; some other types come (originally only with copper-, brass- or even iron backs. So this a hint to the authenticity of the piece.BestMichael"
"You have posted a very interesting example, Michael! I do agree with you that it - more obviously than Thelma's - does seem to show us a tree. Actually, looking more closely at Thelma's, I see that the straight piece below the turquoise…"
I was still thinking about your G'au and remembered a similar piece - same area, same style - on my website.
Here it is more easy to recognize the "Tree of Life"
What is the backside made from - iron, brass,…"
"Thanks, Michael. That is really very interesting. I've had the gau for about 3 years and have always accepted it as 'with lotus blossom' but it has also worried me a little. The problem has been the shape of the…"
"Hi Thelma, - I must admit I have also feel inclined to believe that these are usually from Pakistan, but I note your comments about the Bir book and the Ghysels one. For what it is worth: as a scholar the person who did the Bir book is, overall,…"