pendant, Buddhist amulet, Milefo (Maitreya) obsidian ice cream
Before going into the details of this piece, we would like to warn our readers against the many counterfeits of molded glass obsidian. Obsidian being a natural volcanic vitrification, it is easy to counterfeit this material. Only a detailed examination with the eye, a magnifying glass and a microscope can disentangle the true from the false. Obsidian ice being relatively rare, a very low price should alert the future buyer. Extraction at the places of production, transport, size, trader, all this at once. We scrupulously examine our obsidians to guarantee their authenticity to our customers.
We are able to provide a certificate of authenticity upon request.
- Obsidian is a natural glass, it is produced during an emission of lava rich in silica containing very little water (- 3%). At the time of its exit from the volcano, it undergoes a very rapid cooling that freezes the crystallization mechanisms. "It's like a piece of lava frozen when it comes out of the volcano."
- Obsidian forms so quickly that atoms are unable to organize into crystalline structures. The result is a volcanic glass with a smooth uniform texture. Due to the lack of crystal structure, obsidian has sharp stops and extremely thin blades.
- It is a natural mineral material that has a composition too complex to be composed of a simple mineral. However, obsidian consists mainly of SiO2 (silicon dioxide), usually 70% or more.
- Its fracture is clearly conchoidal and its hardness on the Mohs scale is between 7 and 7.5 (it scratches the glass).
- Black is the most common color of obsidian. However, it can also be brown or green. Rarely, obsidian can be blue, red, orange or yellow.
-The color difference appears due to changes in impurities and in the oxidation state of chemical elements.
- It is a stone of dark color, due to its richness in magnesium and iron. The surface of this gemstone is composed of beautiful patterns in the form of streaks, patches, spots, inclusions or bands of color. These various modes are created naturally at the time of stone formation.
- Sometimes two colors of obsidian mix together in a single specimen. The most common color combination is black and brown called "Mahogany Obsidian".
- Obsidian can also have an iridescent or metallic appearance caused by the light reflection of tiny inclusions of mineral crystals, rock debris or gas. These specimens are highly coveted for the manufacture of jewelry.
Maitreya was known in China as early as the third century. He found in it a historical incarnation, a phenomenon common in the Chinese religious context, which helped to give it a physical aspect and a role other than those that Buddhism had hitherto attributed to it.
During the Liang Dynasty lived a wandering monk Chan, religiously named Qici (契此, qìcǐ), originally from Mingzhou Prefecture in Zhejiang. Carrying all his necessities in a canvas bag, he distinguished himself 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 (prompting 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 (inciting 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 the French travelers of the nineteenth century, who found in Milefo (Chinese name meaning Buddha maitreya) only a fat man with an unpleasant 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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