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Antique Wood Hands of the Buddha
Item No. 19304

19th - 20th Century, Buddhist, China
Wood with Polychrome
5.75" x 3.75" x 3.75"
( 14.605 x 9.525 x 9.525 cm)
(H x W x D)

Offerings of sweets, fruits, florals and currency are routinely presented to Buddhist images in reverence to deities and in front of ancestor figures as homage to their spirits. This wood offering has been fashioned as pomegranate sitting upon five peaches. The pomegranate which had carvedf "sseds"" within a circle on both sides represents fertility and abundance and the peaches long life. Fruit which symbolizes abundance, wealth and longevity, are carried by Chinese who hold it in their hands, place it on tables in their homes, and present it as a sacrificial offering at temple altars.

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