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Taisho (1912-1926)
An unusual beaded Buddhist uchishiki featuring about 35,000 individually-strung small beads, lined with silk damask fabric. The main beaded portion is in excellent condition, with the silk backing having minor staining and patina. 18" x 26". The lotus is an important Buddhist motif: images of the Buddha and other important persons often are shown seated on a lotus throne. The growth of the lotus, with its roots in mud, growing through water, and emerging as a wonderful plant above the water's surface, is seen as an analogy of the soul's path from the mud of materialism to the purity of enlightenment. The 3 stages of the lotus, bud, utpala (mid-blossom) and the full blossoming throne represent the past present and future respectively
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