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Beautiful Best Chinese Jade Buddha Carving
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Code: gzj131
Price: $16.00

Shipping Weight: 120.00 grammes
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For 5,000 years Imperial China used the word “jade” as something precious. Because jade is said to have all the attributes most valued by society. A symbol of purity and serenity, it is delicate, but will not break - is beautiful, but not impermanent, it can be flawed with lines, but still pleasing.

Jade is believed to radiate divine unconditional love and balance the emotions. Held in the hand it can improve judgement – ancient silk traders often held jade while bartering. A small piece of jade worn around the neck was said to dispel illness.

Chinese jade first arrived in the West during the sixteenth century, brought from Canton by the Portuguese. Today jade continues to be a symbol of love, virtue, and status. With Chinese carvings reaching the highest value. The best jade has a waxy, pearly appearance. Feeling cool and so smooth, it seems soft to the touch. Yet hard enough that pressure from a sharp knife will not leave a mark.

The most famous type of jade carved in China is from Burma, with shades of green, lavender, yellow, white and grey. These colors form over millions of years from minerals in the rock. Every piece of jade has a secret meaning. Discovering that meaning and the legends behind it is a very satisfying for those who practice this dying art.

Any image of the chubby smiling Buddha immediately brings China to mind. What many people do not know is that this “Happy Buddha” is really the Maitreya Buddha, or the Future Buddha. It is said he will arrive at a future date to revive his teachings and end suffering. In China the words “stomach capacity” refer to ones tolerance or forgiveness level, thus the large stomach is a metaphor for endless capacity to tolerate and forgive. The Fat Bellied Buddha is also illustrating happiness as a result of great generosity. In a state of true enlightenment the Buddha gave everything, and thus received the Universe.

This beautiful example of this Buddha is 2 1/4” x 2 1/8” x 3/8” inches. Usually much more expensive for the quality!

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