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A rare ‘mandala spirit cloth’ from Burma
These were commissioned by families of means and used for meditation at home. They are believed to have healing and protective power and to bring good luck to the owner. Their power could be enhanced by being folded and worn on the shoulder of a monk under robes. Creating them was time intensive as each section is worked on days considered to be auspicious. A complete piece could take several months to finish. First, the Buddha image was painted at the center along with the circles around the piece. Other figures are added on auspicious dates.
The mandala itself symbolizes the Wheel of Law and the endless cycle of rebirth. Buddha at the center is a representation of moral discipline. The circles of monks, spirit guardians all show obedience to Buddha. The rings dividing circles represent spokes of wisdom. Rotating around the mandala are monk followers, cosmic forces, mythical humans, animals and protective spirits.
Complex mathematical charts and incantations present.
This mandala spirit cloth is from the mid 20th Century.
36 x 36 inches
Tears, stains and discoloration present.
Very rarely found commercially
This item has spent a lifetime being used for the purpose of its creation with the original artist/user. Signs of this life lived heartily may be present on the piece in the form of stains, thread loss, loose threads, holes, tears, color run and other imperfections. Therefore the condition must be assumed to be “not” perfect. More photos of such imperfections will be provided on request.