Copper colored metal disc-shaped container abt 17 or 18 inches in circumference, 1 inch deep, with silver colored Buddha in the center. We don’t know if there’s anything inside.
My mentor, Michele Laporte, works at the Rubin Museum of Art. A donor gifted her this item and she then gifted it to me in 2005
This is a Tibetan zodiac plaque of brass (the green patina indicates this) and gilt.
I submitted an image of the back inscription to an online Tibetan language forum in hope of getting a translation, but haven’t heard back yet.
My appraisal is based on looking at asking prices as well as hammer sales of similar objects. Below I have listed some links to some examples. Bear in mind that asking prices can be a useful guide but are not authoritative, especially on sites like ebay, where I found the majority of these pieces for sale. It is still useful to note some of the higher asking prices out there to get a sense of the market.
The hammer prices I did find were generally lower, but I also found fewer closed sales overall.
We can safely say it is worth over $100, and I think that the Fair Market Value would be somewhere around $200 to $300. I am considering the estimate on the $100 sale as well as the range of asking prices. I am also considering materials and complexity of design.
Here are some similar pieces I found:
Asking $260, Tibetan copper gilt zodiac plaque
Asking $690, Tibetan zodiac plaque, cloisonne accents
Asking $720, Tibetan zodiac plaque, says it’s silver: see note below...
Asking $1056, similar
https://ebay.to/2TUUUuF and https://ebay.to/3pAHY92
Asking $870, more elaborate design and embellishments
Asking $615, silver
Note on Tibetan silver:
“Tibetan Silver is a silver-colored alloy consisting of copper with tin or nickel. Some items described as Tibetan Silver are cast iron that has been plated with the silver-colored metal.”
$100, described as 19th century, brass, pre-auction estimate $300-400
$120, 20th c., brass
$350, gilt, cabochons
$1200, very elaborate