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Late 19th C. Antique Tibetan Rug- Red frogs feet, archaic medallion and corners, notice the smaller Buddhist swastika. I think this is an alkaline chemical but could be vegetable. Red commonly bled. The frogs feet were originally natural wool but now are muted. Earlier frogs feet used a structured design element to the frogs feet, this is starting to move away from that, becoming more numerous. A very attractive piece. I left the added protective border on it, keeping its original form. I can take this off easily if you wish. mid level

 

The Swastika is a good-luck symbol and is 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? abundance, prosperity and long life. In India, Hindus use the swastika at thresholds, doors, and offerings. 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.