THe Art and Orchid Gallery's writing/painting instrument was handcrafted in Tibet of the three metals: copper, silver and brass plus animal hair brush (maybe goat) and wood. These are the same metals frequently combined by Tibetans to make decorative and ritualistic objects like the 'mani', or prayer wheel (AOG-309, 187A, 162B); 'gau', or portable shrines [189C, 162D] ; and censers (AOG428).
Buddhism spread east from India to China through Tibet. Today the Buddhist religio ...click for details
This Tibetan Prayer Wheel appears to be made of three or more metals; a bamboo handle; and a tightly wound paper scroll assumed to contain printed mantras. This is a personal prayer wheel carried by Tibetans and used during their daily activities. Much larger prayer wheels (4-5 feet high) exist in monasteries, nunneries and pilgrimage sites. Regardless of the size, designs or locations, all prayer wheels have the same principal usage. The person must recite mantras which activate the thousands o ...click for details