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Chinese Offering Tray with Sanskrit Buddhist Icon

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Chinese: Folk Art: Pre 1920: Item # 875350

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An early 20th century Chinese offering basket is affixed to a bamboo pedestal encircled with ink sketches of flowers representing the four seasons. The inside bottom of the tray is centered with a sauvastika, a Buddhist icon resembling a swastika but with the crampons turned to the left. Though the ancient Sanskrit symbol may have come to China as an auspicious Buddhist sign, it since has become a largely ornamental symbol of good fortune and can be seen in carpets, embroidery and carvings. In Tibet and much of Southeast Asia, it still primarily represents one of the 65 signs of Buddhahood and is a symbol of Buddhist law as well as being an emblem of good fortune. This basket is finely woven and in excellent condition. Dimensions: height 5 ½” (14 cm), diameter 13 ¾” (35 cm). SEE MORE ITEMS IN OUR COLLECTION AT WWW.SILKROAD1.COM