Gau, reliquary, Buddhist protection, stupa/dagoba/ tch-rten, housing the Buddha.
Silver 925, gold-plated 24k,
Arizona turquoise "sleeping beauty"
Agates called "nan hong" (southern red) of the Yunnan region, site of Baoshan.
This exceptional agate owes its color because of its content of cinabre (hgs) mercury sulphide.
compassionate mantra "om mani padme hum" on the back.
As a gemologist graduated from the National Institute of Gemmology (ING), Paris, France. All our materials are expertized and certified by us.
Reliquary dimensions: 56/28.4mm
Weight of 37.7 grams
The reliquary opens downstairs to lay prayers, mantra scrolls or all consecrated things.
A stupa is a mound-shaped or hemispheric structure containing relics (such as 'ara- usually the remains of Buddhist monks or nuns) that is used as a place of meditation. A related architectural term is a chaitya, which is a prayer hall or temple containing a stupa.
The Sûpa, chenten in Tibetan, shuaidpuo in Chinese, Dagoba in Cingalais, sotoba in Japanese, can literally be translated as "chignon", or, according to the Tibetan, as "offering support".
A typical reliquary monument, it was, it is said, originally built by the lay faithful at the suggestion of Sakyamuni's disciples to house his relics.
The first stupa, of which virtually nothing remains, were built of clay and were hemispherical on a round base, inspired by the model of the tumuli of prehistory and the burial mounds of the Aryan tribes. Surrounded by a square enclosure and topped by a pole with superimposed umbrellas, they were soon replaced by dome models carved on a square base, this time made of bricks and stones. In the centre of the square base (in the central axis of the building) is a reliquary intended to receive relics of holy characters or sacred texts.
The shape of the stupa represents the Buddha, crowned and seated in meditation posture on a lion throne. Its crown is the top of the arrow; its head is the square at the base of the arrow; his body is in the shape of a vase; his legs are the four steps of the lower terrace; and the base is his throne
Although not described in any Tibetan text on the symbolism of stupa, the stupa can represent the five purified elements:
The square base represents the earth and the Ratnasambhava Buddha
The hemispheric dome/vase represents water and Aksobhya Buddha
The conical arrow represents the fire and the Amitabha Buddha
The upper lotus parasol represent the air and the Amoghasidi Buddha
The sun, the crescent moon and the point of dissolution, the feminine and masculine essences, the nada is space, represent wisdom and Buddha Vairocana
The central axis, Mount Meru, is represented by a "tree of life" , trunk of sandalwood or juniper carved ritually, crossing vertically the center of the stupa.
All stupas contain a treasure filled with various objects. Small votive clay offerings called tsatsa s in Tibetan fill most of the treasure. The creation of various types of tsatsas is a ceremony in itself. The mantras written on paper are rolled into thin rolls and placed in small clay stupas. A layer of tsatsas is placed in the treasure and the empty space between them is filled with dry sand. On the new surface thus created, another layer of tsatsas is formed, and so on until all the treasure space is full.
The number of tsatsas needed to complete the treasure depends on its size and the size of the tsatsa. For example, the Kalachakra stupa in southern Spain contains about 14,000 tsatsas.
Jewelry and other "precious" objects are also placed in the treasure. They do not have to be expensive, because it is the symbolic value that is important and not the market price. It is thought that the more objects placed in the stupa, the stronger the energy of the stupa.
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