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Extra large square Antique Wangden Tibetan Meditation Rug, likely used as a bottom rug of the high lama seat. Very large, in fact the size even for a lama chair is quite unusual. Simplicity speaks to its age, conservatively mid 19th C. Dorje in the corner of the eye pleasing red. The center mandala is archaic yet deep inside one finds a small swastika motif.

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.