Tibetan Buddhist Prayer Wheel #0185.02
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Prayer wheel, also called a revolving lection barrel, with 100s of scriptures sealed inside. Hand-painted kyungbur on all surfaces; the gold is 24kt. Made of Asian cedar. This particular prayer wheel is the last we have of the unique ones made prior to the Cultural Revolution. The ones made post-Cultural Revolution all have basically the same design. The top of this one has a prayer painted in 24kt gold on the top of the barrel, as well as a mantra on the frame. The barrel is painted in a mandala fashion, with 6 rings. The top ring is a ring of multicolored flames, mandala style. The 3rd ring alternates Zipaks with victory banners, while the 5th ring has double dorjes alternating with a Dharma Wheel and a Sanskrit symbol. The side frame has another prayer in 24kt gold, adding to the effectiveness. The barrel lifts out of frame by lifting and tilting from bottom. The swivel mounts are metal. This prayer wheel comes with a certificate of authenticity brush-signed by Tse Rang Don Dup.
Age: circa 1955-1968. Dimensions: Frame H= 21.5" W=14" D=8.5" Barrel H=12" Diameter =9"
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The mantra is OM MANI PADME HUM. The 6 syllables are the famous mantra of Avalokiteshvara, which is sometimes explained as ”The jewel in the heart of the Lotus.” The first OM refers to Buddha’s body, speech and mind, as in possessing this oneself; the MA of MANI is a jewel or treasure, (wisdom/thinking). The NI of the MANI is the altruistic mind. PADMI is the lotus flower, the nature of reality of Buddha’s wisdom. HUM is the determination and resolution to acquire and retain these qualities.