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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Caran d'Ache Buddha Limited Edition

These Buddha pictures were taken last year when my family visited Hong Kong.
After 20 mins of cable car ride, we got to the foot of the Buddha statute. Today is Vesak day (韦塞节, 佛诞) in Singapore, but not in Hong Kong or other part of Asia.

I wish all our Buddhist friend a Happy Vesak Day.

Vesak day is a Buddhist holiday commemorating the birth, enlightenment and death of the historical Shakyamuni Gautam Buddha. 

As there are diverse Buddhist cultures around the world, Vesak day is celebrated on different days by different traditions. Chinese Mahayana Buddhist celebrates the Vesak Day on the 8th day of the 4th lunar month while the Theravada Buddhist celebrates Vesak on the on the full moon Uposatha day.

The Vesak reminded me of a Caran d'Ache fountain pen launched in 2007. It is the Caran d'Ache Buhhda Limited Edition.

Caran d'Ache Buddha Limited Edition was created in collaboration with the Swiss Jeweller Edouard Jud, to honour the life of Lord Buddha, a major figure in both the Indian and Chinese spiritual life.

This sterling silver fountain pen is decorated with high-relief classic gilded images of Buddha.
The cap top was decorated with a cabochon 1.5 carats emerald of 8.5mm diameter, which to bring good luck to those who possess them, as well as to have great healing powers.

While this might be a very rare limited edition pen, sadly, the bicolor 18k gold nib is not decorated.
The Caran d'Ache Buddha Limied Edition is limied to ten pieces worldwide.

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