This beautiful hand carved talisman massager, made from 100% pure aloeswood, is said to bring protection, good luck, and the removal of woes and obstacles.
This is a traditional massage tool in Asia, where it is often used as a hand massager and is rolled between the hands to stimulate the acupressure points of relexology.
It is also a wonderful tool for general masseurs, as the rounded ends mean that it can help apply pressure to any part of the body, and thereby brings relief to the knuckles and hands of the masseur.
The temple dog, also called the lion dog, is well known in the western world as a 'fu dog' and its stylized form is called a snow lion in Tibet, where it is seen as the protector of Buddha.
The Shi Tzu dog looks most like this brave and devoted mythical animal, and you can see photos of our own special pet, 'Muffy', beside one of the carvings, here.
Aloeswood, also known as Eaglewood or Agarwood, is sometimes called imitation sandalwood because of its similar though more subtle fragrance.
It has been burnt as temple incense and even when its scent diminishes with age, burning will still release the oils and a wonderful subtle scent.
Handling it and warming it with your body will also release these subtle fragrances, which is why it is such a perfect wood for a massage tool or for carved talismans that you want to handle as you pray your woes away.
This wood is quite highly prized and increases in price as it ages. In some countries, it is worth more than gold.
The wood is also used in traditional chinese medicine, aryuvedic medicine, and aroma therapy, as well as in various religious rituals.
Natural aloeswood has varying textures and densities, and carving requires considerable skill so the wood is not wasted.
This wood is valued in a number of religions and is made into various buddhas, deities, and other talismans.
Though there are many methods of carving aloeswood, the most prominent and popular way is circular carving, and therefore you may see curved carving lines on these massage talismans. Usually, more than one person creates the woodcarvings via a flow process.
Over time, carved aloeswood darkens and attains a beautiful deep brown finish. These pieces are already beginning to darken, though the pictures were taken outside and the wood does not look so dark in sunlight.
Your carved talisman massager will be sent with a drawstring bag for keeping.
(This is a random selection, depending on what we have available at the time, and may or may not look like the bag shown in the photographs).
The carving is approximately 38 x 65 x 35 mm in size (1.5 x 2.6 x 1.5 inches) and weighs about 53 gm.
It's a nice and comfortable weight in the hand.
Talisman Massager - Pi Xiu Temple Lion Dog
- Product Code: MW-aloeswood-carving-pixiu-lion-dog-38x65x35mm
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