Swans - Limited Edition hand painted by Voutsa

Gandharan, c. 500 BC

Orris, sandalwood, white violet, carrot seed, white pepper, balsams and musks

The word 'paramahansa' is a Sanskrit title of honor assigned to the most saintly of Hindu teachers. The literal translation of the term to English is 'Royal Swan.' In ancient Hindu texts the Swan was a symbol of the enlightened spirit. As a swan glides through water without getting wet, so the soul journeys through the cosmic ocean, shedding all attachments: being in the world, but not of it.

The 18th-century scholar Johann Winckelmann coined the memorable phrase “noble simplicity and quiet grandeur” to describe the qualities he admired in ancient Greek and Roman statues, which in his time were thought to have been created in gleaming white marble or unadorned bronze. So ingrained was this notion of austere, monochromatic ancient sculpture that it came as a shock when in the 19th century newly unearthed masterpieces showed traces of their original pigment. -Miles Unger

Each candle is available in a limited edition of 10.

Please place order by April 30 to guarantee delivery before Mother's Day

Limited Edition 8 oz | $250

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