Large Tibetan Buddhist Ceremonial Crystal Skull
Citipati Adorned with its crown of fire surmounted by a Ushnisha
Rock crystal crane
The skull is made of Himalayan rock crystal, more precisely Hyakule Deposit in Nepal.
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Old and rare collector's item
ancient skull with shamanic and Buddhist vocation carved and made by hand. It is not an industrial production created by laser and high-pressure water jet "made in China". It is an authentic artisanal creation by highly reputed and qualified craftsmen.
Dimensions: 16cm high, 20cm deep by 8cm wide
Weight of 1,450kg
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SYMBOLISM OF THE USHNISHA
The ushnisha (Marathi: उष्णीष, cranial protrusion, Chinese: 顶 相 pinyin: dǐngxiàng, Japanese: Choso, Tibetan: gtsug-gtor) is one of the thirty-two major physical characteristics of the Buddha (Dvātrimāśadvaralakṣaṇa) and corresponds to a bulge at the top of the head.
It symbolizes his fulfillment in trust as a spiritual guide.
The first representation of the Buddha dates from the First Century in the Greco-Buddhist art of Gandhara where he is also depicted with a bun, rather than just with a skull button. It is believed that the interpretation of the ushnisha as a supernatural cranial protrusion arrived at a later date, as the representation of the puff became more symbolic and its original meaning was lost. "This protrusion on the Skull of the Buddha is one of the signs of wisdom that is part of the lakṣaṇa. The wisdom here designated is different from that indicated by the ūrṇā."
Later depictions show that this ushnisha is covered with hair that curls in the direction of the sun.
Later, a second use of the ushnisha appeared: a flame that rises from the middle of this protrusion. The sinologist Anne Cheng relates the ushnisha and the luminous aspect, brilliant attributed to this part of the representation of Buddha in the first texts that evoke Buddha in China, at the time of the Eastern Han (in the first – second centuries). The term "neck" in "the neck that has the brilliance of the sun" that we meet in translations from Chinese would come from a copyist error. It should read "top of the skull that has the brilliance of the sun", that is, "the ushnisha".
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