Medicine Buddha Pendant

I had some lapis lazuli and, since the Medicine Buddha, the Buddhist image of healing, is commonly imagined as lapis lazuli-coloured or even made of lapis lazuli, I thought I’d make an abstraction of his face for a pendant.

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Medicine Buddha Pendant: silver, jet, lapis lazuli

 

I started out making the hair out of obsidian but the material was too brittle and liable to chip.

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Work in progress. Lapis lazuli and obsidian.

So I found some jet (fossilised coal), and after a bit of fiddling about, was able to produce a form that satisfies me. The silver part was carved in wax and cast. I used epoxy mixed with jet dust for the seams.

Here’s the finished item, actual size:

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Medicine Buddha Pendant: silver, jet, lapis lazuli

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Medicine Buddha

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1 comment
  1. Jenny said:

    wow! i love it 😀

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