The Sayagata Ring.
This design is based on an ancient symbol that has been used by many cultures throughout the past 3,000 years to represent life, sun, power, strength, yin yang and good luck.
This handcut Sayagata Pattern Ring has been cast in solid sterling silver. I have oxidised it and sanded back the high points, to bring out the details.
This is a very high quality cast with incredibly fine detail. The ring has been hand polished on the raised surfaces, which contrast beautifully with the texture of the piece. The inside of the ring has been shaped, polished to a shine and hallmarked.
This listing is for one Sayagata ring in solid sterling silver.
Please select your ring size from the options.
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Your purchase will come carefully packaged in a black ring box.
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For those of you unfamiliar with the Sayagata Design, here is a detailed description of it's history:
Sayagata is a design pattern of interlocking swastikas, manji 万字 (卍).
Most sources agree that the term (a contraction of sa-ayagata, meaning “gossamer figured-cloth pattern”) originated from the type of cloth on which it was most often found.
It occurs first perhaps in ancient Indian architecture, but did not enter Japan until the Tenshou 天正 era (1573-92) when Chinese fabrics bearing the pattern were first imported in large quality. In the Edo period, it was commonly used on figured satin and combined with designs that featured chrysanthemums, plum blossoms, bamboo, or orchids. It also appeared on the borders of rugs, blankets and tablecloths.
This tiled pattern can be found in many places across Japan. It is a very common pattern on the white Kimono’s worn at wedding ceremonies, it is used as a decorative pattern for floor tiles, and I’ve also seen it as a pattern on drain covers. Going back in time a little, it was also a common symbol for Japanese Samurai to wear on their armour.
The swastika is an ancient symbol that has been used for over 3,000 years. Artifacts such as pottery and coins from ancient Troy show that the swastika was a commonly used symbol as far back as 1000 BCE.
During the following thousand years, the image of the swastika was used by many cultures around the world, including in China, Japan, India, and southern Europe. By the Middle Ages, the swastika was a well known, if not commonly used, symbol but was called by many different names:
• China – wan
• England – fylfot
• Germany – Hakenkreuz
• Greece – tetraskelion and gammadion
• India – swastika
Though it is not known for exactly how long, Native Americans also have long used the symbol of the swastika.
The Original Meaning:
The word “swastika” comes from the Sanskrit svastika – “su” meaning “good,” “asti” meaning “to be,” and “ka” as a suffix.
Until the Nazis used this symbol, the swastika was used by many cultures throughout the past 3,000 years to represent life, sun, power, strength, and good luck.
Even in the early twentieth century, the swastika was still a symbol with positive connotations.