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难得一见的波纹状天珠,毎粒都色泽夺目,线条黑白分明,在强烈的光缐下不透光,属难得收藏珍品。

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Ten years ago, a friend showed me this very unique & beautiful nine eyes Dzi to me. I got a shock at that moment, when I hold this Dzi in my hand I can feel some kind of energy going through my body. In my mind how wonderful it would be if I can own this treasure. I ask him to sell it to me but he refused and said time is not ripe yet.

Three years later he visited me and said you are the most suitable person who can own this nine eyes Dzi. I am so happy now to put in my post to show a token of appreciation.

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From Wikipedia,

Dzi bead (pronounced “zee”) is a bead stone of mysterious origin worn as part of a necklace and sometimes as a bracelet. In several Asian cultures, including that of Tibet, the bead is considered to provide positive spiritual benefit. These beads are generally prized as protective amulets and are sometimes ground up into a powder to be used in traditional Tibetan medicine. Beads subject to this process have small “dig marks” where a portion of the bead has been scraped or shaved away to be ground into the medicine.

Beads that are broken are believed to have a diluted benefit, because they have taken the brunt of the force that it is assumed would have otherwise impacted the wearer.

The most highly prized dzi beads are made of natural agate. Others were apparently manufactured in ancient times. There are also modern imitations made for decorative purposes.

Design

Dzi stones are made from agate, and may have decorated symbols composed of circles, ovals, square, waves (zig zags), stripes, lines, diamonds, circles, squares, waves, and stripes and various other natural archetypal symbolic patterns. Colors will mainly range from browns to blacks with the pattern usually being in ivory white. Dzi beads can appear in different colours, shapes and sizes.

The number of “eyes” on the stone is considered significant. “Eyes” are the circular dot or eye-like designs, and depending on their number and arrangement, they represent different things.

Sometimes the natural patterns (usually “layered” swirls) of the agate can be seen underneath or behind the decorated symbols and designs, and sometimes not. Some dzi beads sport what are referred to as “blood spots” which can be seen as red dots in the white areas, and these are indicative of cinnabar content. This is highly desirable, but more rare. Another desirable effect is something called “Nāga skin” or “dragon skin,” which refers to the cracking patterns on the surface of the bead, that simulates scales.

The word “waxy” is often used to describe dzi bead surface, which is the smoothing which occurs over a long period of time (presumably from wear), giving the bead a waxy appearance. Some dzi beads are simply polished agate and sport only the agate’s natural patterning as decoration.

There are beads referred to as “chung dzi” or simply “chung beads” which are often highly polished agate designs, can be any variety of colors, may include hand carved designs, or they look very similar to a dzi bead but because of their depictions (for example, the shape of Quan Yin) are not true dzi. Chung dzis include such designs as yin-yang symbols, dragons, and other “newer” designs that were not around during the time true dzi beads were supposedly created. Chung dzi are believed to embody similar properties as dzi but should not be confused with true dzi beads (they often cost much less than true dzi).

Origin

Dzi stones may have made their first appearance between 2000 BC to 1000 BC, in ancient Tibet: a few thousand were brought back by Tibetan soldiers from Persia. Dzis were crafted using agate as the base stone and then fabricated with lines and circles using unique ancient methods and techniques by Persian craftsmen. Scientific bead makers can now manufacture apparent dzi stones in bulk, but the techniques and methods used by ancient craftsmen still are not completely understood.[1]. Fear of the “evil eye” was taken very seriously by these people, so they created talismans with “eyes” on them as a “fight fire with fire” form of protection.

While the origin surrounding dzi beads is quite uncertain, it is socially accepted today that they are called “Tibetan beads”. They are found primarily in Tibet, but also in neighbouring Bhutan, Ladakh and Sikkim. Shepherds and farmers pick them up in the grasslands or while cultivating fields. Because dzi are found in the earth, Tibetans cannot conceive of them as man-made. One reason the beads may be found near the surface in places such as freshly tilled fields, for example, may be because ancient monks were burned in funeral pyres (wearing the beads), and long after the remains were gone, the beads therefore remained, and were found at later dates. Since knowledge of the bead is derived from oral traditions, the beads have provoked controversy concerning their source, method of manufacture and even precise definition. In Tibetan culture they are believed to attract protector deities[2]

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天鉄是一种金属物,在藏人心目中如同天珠,有驱邪治鬼的功能,所以藏人非常珍惜天鉄。

From Wikipedia,

Thokchas (Tibetan: thog lcags) are ancient metal objects which serve as talismans. They are believed to be endowed with magic and protective power and in this respect are comparable to Tibetan Dzi beads

Age

One can roughly divide the thokchas into two groups, the first comprising objects of pre-Buddhist period (from about 1000 B.C. until 900 AD), the second belonging to the Buddhist period (after 7th century AD), the two periods slightly overlapping.Some of the early thokchas may be related to the Tibetan Zhang zhung culture.

Types of thokchas

Thokchas are metal objects which can have a length of about 2 cm to 15 cm. Originally they can have had a practical use such as having been part of horse harnesses, or having served as buckles, fibulae or arrow heads. They can have served as adornment for clothes or objects of daily use like lighters and purses. Thokchas can represent mythological and real animals or deities from Tibet’s Bön or Buddhist religion. Many are of a more abstract form and the meaning of these pieces remains uncertain.

Popular Belief

The word thokcha is composed of two words, thog meaning above, first or thunderbolt and lcags meaning iron or metal. The meaning of thokcha can thus be given as “first or original iron” or “thunderbolt iron”. The popular belief is that thokchas can be formed naturally or magically when a thunderbolt strikes the earth. According to other beliefs tokchas are composed of meteoritical metal and found by chance on or under the ground by a lucky person. However, most of the thokchas were intentionally designed as talismans and are made of a copper alloy. [2]

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This very special and auspicious thirteen eyes dzi is a symbol of five Buddhas & eight Bodhisatovas, because of its five & eight eyes on each side, and this dzi saved my life when I met an accident in 27 Dec 1998. I will hold on to this dzi as long as I lived.

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This is a translucent Tibetan Dzi with seven eyes. I display this piece here just for a short while,

after that I am going to give it to my best friend as a gift.

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Tibetan Dzi natural eye

This natural eye Dzi – a friend told me it looks like a peacock eye, but to me it looks more like a milky way with a sun and moon.

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