This is a 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 most remarkable feature of this is the matrix seen at the centre of the Mandala that is somewhat like the endless knot. This feature is very unusual and rare.
Estimated to be from the mid 20th Century.
Some tears, staining, discoloration.
The most remarkable feature of this is the matrix seen at the centre of the Mandala that is somewhat like the endless knot.
33 x 35 inches
Pieces such as this one will be very hard / impossible to find again!