A Buddhist Mandala Spirit Cloth from Burma with an extraordinary Matrix at the centre.
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 most remarkable feature of this is the endless-knot matrix seen at the centre of the Mandala instead of an image of Buddha.
Unusual and rare.
Estimated to be from the mid 20th Century.
Some tears, staining, discoloration.
33 x 35 inches
Pieces such as this one will be very hard / impossible to find again!
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.