Buddha pendant in obsidian ice.
Bodhisattva Milefo (Maitreya) (description below)
Obsidian natural ice appraised.
This obsidian has its translucent appearance due to its absence of blackening lla inclusions.
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Delivered with cord decorated with nephrite jade, reglazed to all sizes, thanks to a sliding knot.
Pendant dimensions: 59.3mm high by 48mm wide by 13.5mm thick
Weight of 45 grams.
Rare piece and excellent workmanship
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Maitreya was known in China as early as the third century. He found there a historical incarnation, a common phenomenon in the Chinese religious context, which helped to give him a physical appearance and a role different from those that Buddhism had hitherto attributed to him.
During the Liang dynasty lived a wandering monk Chan, religious name Qici (契此, qìcǐ), originally from Mingzhou Prefecture in Zhejiang. Carrying all his necessities in a canvas bag, he was distinguished by his corpulence and a zany and unpredictable but benevolent behavior; He was also credited with exceptional clairvoyance gifts. He is said to have died in meditation at Yuelin Temple (岳林寺 / 嶽林寺, yuèlín sì), in his home province, in 916, uttering these words: "This Maitreya is the true Maitreya, He is present in billions of forms; He shows himself constantly, but no one recognizes him. ». A legend made him the incarnation of Maitreya: it was claimed to have seen him after his death, pious images of him began to circulate.
The ventripotent and smiling monk has become the most common and popular representation of Maitreya in China where he is usually called Milefo (弥勒佛 / 彌勒佛, mílèfó, "Buddha Mile (arousing filling)", Budai (Chinese: 布袋; pinyin: bùdài; literally: "canvas bag") or also nicknamed Luohan (罗汉, luóhàn, "Arhat"), because he would have reached this stage. The more formal name Mile pusa (弥勒菩萨 / 彌勒菩薩, mílè púsà, "bodhisattva Mile (causing filling)". His full belly and his smile are guarantees of happiness and prosperity, as well as his bag that is claimed to be inexhaustible. These characteristics did not make a favorable impression on French travelers of the nineteenth century, who found in Milefo (Chinese name meaning Buddha maitreya) only a fat man with an unattractive physique. The monk Qici became in Japan Hotei (translation of the Chinese Bùdài 布袋 "canvas bag"), one of the Seven Gods of Happiness. In traditional Chinese religion, Milefo is one of the Gods of Fortune.
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