Guanyin Yin Yang
Medallion Necklace - $5

Description: Guanyin is the Buddhist Goddess of Mercy and, especially, protector of women and children. She represents an incarnation of Buddha in China in the 11th or 12th century. Guanyin's origins in mythology can be traced back to Indian pre-Vedic Hinduism...close to 3000 years. This Guanyin image is a brass or brass-plated medallion on an adjustable braided macrome strand. The medallion is octaginal in shape, 1&7/16 in. across, and 1/8 in. thick.
The macrome strand has two slip knots, making the necklace adjustable from 18 to 25 in. One side of the medallion has an image of Guanyin and two phrases in Chinese characters - Guan yin pu sa.. hu wo ping an. This translates: "May the goddess Guanyin grant me peace." The obverse side has the yin yang symbol, surrounded by a pattern of 8 glyphs. The Yin Yang symbol variously represents female/male, dark/light. moon/sun. The outside symbols represent I CHING patterns (Book of Changes), or the 8 decades of life in the Buddhist calender. (We heard both explanations).
Provenance: Two years ago we found ten of these in a dusty coin box in a Chinese antique market In Beijing. For two years we couldn't find any ... until recently, on a trip last June 2002, when we found a few dozen again.
Macrome strand/additional: The hand-woven macrome strands were purchased separately. They are quite handsome. The two slip knots make the necklace size easily adjustable. The metal here has been polished slightly for photography....these come from some dusty places and are tarnished. They do shine up with a little brasso and a clean rag. We have found most customers do not want them we send them them in original condition. The necklace is packaged in a small red cloth purse. Price: $5 plus shipping and handling.