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  • Antique Tibetan Brass Repousse Pendant

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    This Antique Tibetan Brass Repoussé Pendant features a central dragon face, surrounded by a scalloped circle; a vajra with a bell at one end in each corner; a bell at each cardinal point; and eight decorative flourishes.  In Tibetan culture, the dragon (also known as "druk", "drug" or "zhug") is considered one of the Four Dignities (along with the Tiger, the Snow Lion and the Garuda).  It is believed to have the power of perfect communication and enlightenment, being able to see through slander and other forms of manipulation.  Their thunderous voices awaken us from delusion.  They are known to meditate with monks, although it is forbidden to communicate verbally with them.  As a positive icon, the displayed image of a dragon is a strong symbol of luck and used to attract good fortune.  The dragon head on this pendant has a two-lobed head with curling horns; two circular eyes with what may be the pearl of wisdom between them (the pearl of wisdom being the source of the dragon's power); fleur-de-lis like nose; large rounded cheeks with an open mouth from which emerges what appear to be two tusks and a long feathered tongue.  The head is flanked by two legs, each with five toes (a symbol of royalty from Chinese culture).  The vajra is a kind of battle club used as a ritual object to symbolize both the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a thunderbolt (irresistible force).  It has four prongs forming a lotus-bud shape that denotes peace. In Tibetan Buddhism, it is almost always paired with bells during rituals.  It is believed that the vajra chops away people's afflictions and misguided views.  These elements are beautifully detailed in brass repoussé on a square panel measuring 2.75" by 2.75".  The back is covered with a piece of red velvet and there is a hole in the top bell for hanging.  Maker and exact age are unknown.  This Antique Tibetan Brass Repousse Pendant is in Very Good condition, particularly given that it is an antique.  There is a small area of missing brass along the edge which is not obvious.