Beautifully Hand Carved Mongolian Red Agate Urn with many rings carved into all the handles and decorations of the Vase. This has a large generous interior volume making it ideal as either a vase or Urn.
The Chinese name for agate is "ma nao," meaning “horse brain.” This unusual name comes from the Mongolians, who thought the stone’s bands of gradated color resembled the folds in a horse’s brain.
Adding further mystique to the notion that agates have a connection to the brain, according to the research of Jewish occult author Isidore Kozminsky, agates whose concentric bands form to look like an eye are used by seers or prophets to aid in their fortune telling, because the patterns resemble the third eye.
The third eye (also known as the celestial eye) is situated in the center of the human brain and known to modern medicine as the Pineal body. Cultivators and mystics can see other time-spaces if their third eye opens. Thus in the ancient world, such agates are believed to enhance the wearer’s intuition and seeing powers.
Agate has been known to the Chinese as “ma nao” since at least the second century AD. When the feared general Cao Cao, the hero in The Romance of The Three Kingdoms, received an agate wine container as a gift, he wrote a poem referring to the material as “horse brain.”
A natural science compendium published in the Ming Dynasty states that agate/carnelian is neither stone nor jade, but a category of its own. It mentioned that agates of smaller sizes were used as personal such as beads, belt hooks, or archer rings; and larger ones carved into containers or decorations, which were often very ornate and made clever use of the natural color variations in the stone.
Other types of agate such as picture and moss agates often appeared to display landscapes, flowers, or people if they were cut on the right plane. Those “pictures” that struck a poetic or literary chord were prized most of all.
In the ancient Chinese documents and materials, there is another fanciful explanation that agate is the product of ghost blood. In a book written by Wang Jia during the Jin Dynasty (265-420), he said that agate is the crystallization of ghost blood from the age of the Yellow Emperor (2697 BC to 2589 BC). According to the story, the Yellow Emperor eliminated Chi and other forces, as well as devils, filling valleys and streams with their bodies. The bones piled up as mountains. In ensuing years, blood crystallized into stones and the bones was turned into ash while the spinal cords became springs. Blood that turned to red stones became agates. Ironically, agate is the outcome of geological process. Underground lava that is ejected due to the activities of the Earth’s crust forms into stones when it cools off. The cooled hydrothermal lava that is rich in SiO2 solidifies into silica gel and then becomes hardened to fill the holes and gaps of rock. When this happens, it becomes agate. Usually, agate is translucent or transparent with its hardness of 6.5-7, specific gravity of 2.55-2.91 and refraction rate of 1.535-1.539.
9.5 inches tall X 7 inches in diameter
Shipping weight 5 lbs.