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|19th C. Antique Tibetan Small Monastery Wangden Sitting Rug with lovely green inner field two geometric stupa and center mandala motif. Very eye pleasing colors, very smooth transition from the border to the center stupa. Wangdens have a warp faced backing. These rugs are considerably heavier and more comfortable, they were to be used in the monastery. The sole purpose of the Wangden was monastic, these were not made for the individual. Rarely did they find their way to the private residence. Very rare sized Wangden. Dimensions like a minature kanden (sleeping rug). mid level
Buddhist Stupas generally represent the enlightened mind of the Buddha. They were constructed since the early days of Buddhism. One of the symbolic meanings is that they represent the five elements: the square base represents earth, the round dome is for water, the cone-shape is fire, the canopy is air and the volume of the stupa is space.
The Buddhist 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.