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Mid 19th C. Antique Tibetan Rug- Unusual 3 Buddhist Mandala, with swastika centers. Very beautiful indigo and very archaic border using all natural nearly white wool. Notice the floral corner pieces, they nearly touch the mandala yet the rug still has nice space. Really a standout piece. expensive

The Mandala symbolizes the entire universe in terms of planets and time cycles, as well as aspects of our body and mind, and even the practice. Deities and other images within the mandala represent for example the sense organs, the elements and mental aspects, all in a purified state. The Swastika is a well-know good-luck symbol from India. In Sanskrit, swastika means "conducive to well-being". In the Buddhist tradition, the swastika symbolizes the feet or footprints of the Buddha. With the spread of Buddhism, it has passed into the iconography of China and Japan where it has been used to denote plurality, abundance, prosperity and long life. In India, Hindus use the swastika at thresholds, doors, and offerings, the right-hand swastika is a solar symbol and the left-hand version represents Kali and magic. In ancient Mesopotamia it was a favourite symbol on coinage, In Scandinavia it was the symbol for the god Thor's hammer. In early Christian art it was called the gammadion cross because it was made of four gammas


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