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|19th C. Beautiful Antique Oversized Monastic likely High Lama Tibetan Meditation Rug. I believe this was used as an under rug to the lama chair, due to the lack of wear on the corners. Rugs that were used as tops often have corner or border edge damage. Very intricate mandala. This is a special piece given the Mandala detail and size. Orange was used for monastic purposes only. Simple balance is created inside the interlocking swastika border. Powerful piece expensive
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 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.