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Sorrowing Purse  (left) 

Ceramic, satin cord and trim, approx 11 x 6 cm 

This Do><ian palm purse  would traditionally hold a black pearl (and on some occasions a small keepsake of the person passed)  for a mourning period of up to 16 months. Subsequent to this period  the black pearl would be replaced with many varieties of symbolic knots said to contain the essence of the departed . There were many different  variations of  these purses from the more refined (as in this example) to the more rustic. The knots or 'gnarlements'  varied widely,  from simple 'grief knots' (a knot constructed from the combination of a thief knot and a binding knot) to  more elaborate decorative knots.  At the end of the mourning period the knots would be untied in order to release the object of mourning from their earthly ties. 

Miniature Paiinting depicting the Hollow Tree with Ceremonial Sawthes and Stays Oil on  panel , 10 x 10 cm 
Ceremonial Square Urn  depicting  ball, void and shroud alchemical designs used in the Ball Ceremony , Ceramic, oil, beeswax and gold, 13 x 13 x 15cm 
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Collection Archives showing Pastijware;  gnarlement  knot moulds,  The Hollow Tree ' depicted in miniature on panel and  ring; mined pulhamite and various postcards 
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The Solemn Rock  Ceremonial Stone -Ceramic, oil, liquid gold, beeswax and leaf gold,- 22 x 26 x 10 cm 
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Collection Archives displaying ceremonial objects including  papboats, shells and plates.
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Miniatures depicting statuary - Fountain (left) and Urn  (right)