This item was made in Pananque, Philippines under the guidance of Mr. Chito Navoa and his family. Single Capiz shells are extracted by hand and individually placed in the handcrafted metal frame of the Lotus Flower by craftsmen who then polish, paint and lacquer each individual piece until it glows with color and vibrancy. The Navoa family business supports many talented artists and craftsmen, giving them an opportunity to make a living.
Ships in clear plastic box, with insert describing capiz shells.
- Handcrafted in the Philippines
- Lotus design
- Formed with capiz shells
- Use with wax, battery-powered tea light, or small votive candle
- Measures 2 inches high x 5 inches in diameter
The Symbol of the Lotus
Lotuses are symbols of purity and 'spontaneous' generation and hence symbolize divine birth. According to theLalitavistara, 'the spirit of the best of men is spotless, like the new lotus in the [muddy] water which does not adhere to it', and, according to esoteric Buddhism, the heart of the beings is like an unopened lotus: when the virtues of the Buddha develop therein the lotus blossoms. This is why the Buddha sits on a lotus in bloom. In Tantrism, it is the symbol of the feminine principle. The lotuses are usually differentiated by their colour and grouping, in three or five flowers, which may or may not be combined with leaves.
This is the symbol of the victory of the spirit over the senses, of intelligence and wisdom, of knowledge. It is always represented as a partially opened bud, and (unlike the red lotus) its centre is never seen. It is the lotus of Manjusri, and also one of the attributes of Prajnaparamita, the embodiment of the 'perfection of wisdom'.
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Om Gallery works with family industries in Asia and around the world. We promote fair trade, condemn demonic working conditions and enjoy helping Cooperative Cottage Industries in developing countries. Every article of Om Gallery merchandise is handmade by one of our many families of tailors, cobblers, lantern makers and lamp makers. We enjoy many meals with our partners, many laughs and the satisfaction of knowing that everything we make is handmade with an agreed price that is profitable to our partners. Many people ask about how or where our merchandise is made and under what conditions. Well, our friends name a cost for our design and then the entire family and their partners go to work. In 2002 three of our partner families built new homes and workshops to employ more villagers. These partners are all very good personal friends of ours and our survival depends on each other, therefore making us closer and trusting.
$1 for every lamp sold helps fund educational opportunities for our artisans, workers and their children through the Om Gallery Education Fund - OMGEF.
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