Guimet Museum Jewellery Collection
This brooch represents one of the eight good omens of Buddhism: the knot of everlasting life. This motif, a symbol of eternity and happiness, appears in certain illustrations in the Tibetan Golden Manuscript, completed between 1674 and 1681.
The Golden Manuscript is composed of 184 leaves of sixteen texts, nineteen introductory vignettes and five groups of illustrations: ritual objects, mandala, cakra, and linga.
The Buddhist mandala is the residence of the divinity that the faithful can reach through meditation. The cakra is a protective diagram formed of concentric circles. In Tantric Buddhism, the linga designates a human effigy that symbolises passion.
These illustrations began with fine lines of gold and silver on black paper, to which were added touches of green, blue and red to give life to forms and movement.
Donation by Lionel Fournier to the Guimet Museum.