The wan, or Buddhist swastika (which faces left rather than right) is an ancient universal symbol in many societies that represents two sticks rubbed togethe producing fire and is a schematic tracking of the sun’s movement. It is derived from the ancient Indian symbol of the sun whose Sanskrit name “sv-asti” means “conducive to well-being”. The right-handed swastika was often on Vishnu’s chest. It was incorporated into Chinese and Japanese Buddhist iconography to designate plurality, abundance, prosperity and long life and became the symbol of the Buddha’s heart often placed on Shakyamuni’s chest as it is believed to contain the whole mind of Buddha and is the first of 65 auspicious signs on Buddha’ footprint. The wan is also the ten-thousand-character sign believed to have come from heaven and is “the accumulation of luck signs possessing ten thousand efficacies.”

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  • Antique Garden Stool with Framed Panels, China (16779ZLSE) $1400

    H: 18.25”  W: 12”  D: 11.25” | FOR SHIPPING INFORMATION CONTACT US AT 213-568-3030

    This stunning antique garden stool has parallel ridges surrounding its body and is a fine and rare piece. Hand thrown with a thick high-fired stable body, it has six framed panels with historic and symbolic images against a white background focusing on the finely made and intricate designs surrounded by rich cobalt blue. Most garden stools were made in a drum or barrel shape, far fewer were hexagonal and fewer still had auspicious objects and poems framed within the panels. This fine piece was created for the garden of a rich family, as cobalt was highly prized and expensive used in sparing amounts unless bound for an an important client. This unique piece has not only outstanding rendered panels, but the objects represented there were included to provide a flow of blessings, good wishes, energy and good fortune to those using it.


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