Exploring Symbols Around Me

I love magical little things — beads, amulets, holy medals. They pull me in. Their meaning and symbols intrigue me. I ┬ádecided today to pull something from the shelves and dig into it. The little shrine above pushed its way to the front of the line.

You can see how small this pocket shrine is by comparing it to the house key. It’s carved from a single piece of wood, with a humble coating of black lacquer on the outside. The carving is so-o-o delicate with miniature painting in gold. I’m so impressed with the workmanship… and wouldn’t it be wonderful to carry in my pocket?

But where is it from exactly? What does it mean?

Now I’m paging through Jim’s books on Buddhist iconography. Yes, I know just enough to say it is Buddhist, not Hindu.


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