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Velvet with a chintamani pattern, silk and metal lamella Turkey, c.1550 - wrapping paper - 100cm x 70cm.
The Ottomans and Persians borrowed the chintimani pattern from older Chinese textiles. The legend goes that the chintimani represents a stone that can fulfill wishes. This myth is found throughout Hindu and Buddhist cultures. It is widespread and can be found throughout China, Tibet, Mongolia, and other cultures from Southeast Asia.
The stone is similar to the philosopher’s stone in Western alchemy. In Buddhist mythology, the stone is held by the Bodhisattvas, who are divine beings considered to be wise, compassionate, and powerful. It appears carried on the back of the Lung Ta, or wind horse, in Tibetan Prayer. In Hindu culture, it is associated with the gods Vishnu and Ganesha. The chintimani is said to be one of four relics that came in a chest that fell from the sky during the reign of King Lha Thothori Nyantsen of Tibet. It is found throughout the Sanskrit texts and ancient Chinese writings. However, it is so common in these ancient writings that it is difficult to say where it arose first.
Sheets: 70cm x 50cm - available as single sheets and in packs of 3 sheets
Eco-Friendly: Our unique Giclée wrapping paper is recyclable and FSC accredited.
Paper: 95gsm satin finish paper
Packaging: All wrapping is shipped in a poster tube - we use rigid spiral-wound cardboard tubes.
Shipping: Order 1 sheet, 3 rolls or whatever, shipping costs the same.
Packaging: Your order is sealed in a robust cardboard tube.