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Vintage One Eye & Swastika Motif Dzi with Bloodspot (TaD-V-B-OES-1)

Vintage One Eye & Swastika Motif Dzi with Bloodspot (TaD-V-B-OES-1)

This bead is adorned with the One Eye & Swastika Motif. The One Eye Motif is believed to give its wearer clear mental vision, and thus great wisdom. The Swastika Motif is also known as the Wanzi Motif (萬字).  It is the Buddhist symbol representing Universal Law.  It represents light shining in all directions.  It is believed that it helps its wearer become enlightened.  It also marks the footsteps of the Buddha.  On maps, it marks the locations of Buddhist temples.

This bead measures 38.6 mm x 11.7 mm. This bead is a vintage bead crafted in Taiwan in the 1980s. The bloodspots on this dzi appear as part of the agate's natural patina in the form of a red striation. 

The bead material is high quality natural agate.

This piece is in excellent condition. There are no cracks on this bead. As with all antique dzi beads, weathering marks and minor digs are all part of the beauty.

Bloodspot (Cinnabar Dot) info:

Cinnabar dots are also known as "bloodspots" or "硃砂" in Chinese. They occur when mercury and sulfur are present when the agate was formed. Mercuric sulfide (or cinnabar) is obtained when mercury reacts with sulfur. In its purest form, the color is a deep red. In fact, it is how vermilion pigment is made. However, it is difficult and rare to find it in its purest form in agate. The purest form, used to make vermillion, is usually obtained in labs where conditions can be controlled. In nature, there is usually other material present thus giving it slight variations in its redness.