Mudwrap Ring, Gold Vermeil
Mudras are the ancient ritual of manipulating the energy currents of our body and mind using our hands. They are often used in meditation, yoga, and dance where they cross the boundaries of reality into mysticism and perform symbolic and poetic functions.
In Indian symbology, each finger has meaning; the thumbs are space and universal spirit, the index finger is air and individual spirit, the third is fire, the fourth finger is water, and the pinky is earth. This form of non-verbal storytelling has developed in iconography in depictions of deities in myths and artwork which paint the hands with the potential for expressing consciousness - and the possession of power for creative or destructive ends.
The Mudwrap (Mudrwa + Wrap) ring wraps around the finger, with two hands shaped into Mudras at either end - symbolic of two-handed Mudras or Samyukta hasta; however in this case I did design the ring with two separate gestures in mind. The weight of the ring is designed for the wearer to feel held and safeguarded by the hands as they hug the finger.
First is the distinctive five fingers raised facing forwards which ever found has varying symbolism as a universal gesture with its open and receptiveness which translates as fearless in Sanskrit as Abhaya in yoga. In the traditional dance of Bharatanatyam in Tamil Nadu, this gesture is called Pataka and can translate directly as ‘cloud’ and ‘forest’ in English.
Whilst there are countless mudra combinations for these two hands I leave that up for interpretation for the wearer.
22kt Gold vermeil, Brass
Made in UK