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Three Tears-Death before Dishonor-Okinawa Flag

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MEANING: The Three Tears is a symbol of “Death before Dishonor” representing a 16th century Okinawan and two Japanese Samurai. The Okinawan was being restrained by the samurai, who were ordered by the Okinawan King to throw him into a vat of boiling oil. To show his indifference to death and disdain for the King, the Okinawan grabbed the samurai and dove into the vat. The symbol is seen on the Okinawan flag.

This is a dual symbol. As the Triskelion, this form of the Triple Spiral has been found in Celtic artifacts from the early Iron Age. It is probably an interpretation of the Spiral of Newgrange and conveys the Aspects of the Goddess and the cycle of Life, Death and Rebirth.

THE CARVING: My Carvings are single pieces of western red cedar, designed and carved to be wall hangings. Each piece is finished with a blend of clear oils that brings out the natural color of the wood. For more information on the process of creation, please see my profile.

SIZE: The last picture has the piece on a quilting board, lined up on the 1 inch marks. So subtract 1 inch from the height and width for the stock size. Measurements may vary slightly from piece to piece. 

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The pictures you see here are stock photos. What you get will depend on what we have in stock. If there are no others in stock, the time to shipping will be increased. If you desire and request something (for example) dark, we will pull the darkest board we have, but it will not necessarily be as dark as (for example) walnut would be. Western Red Cedar is the species from which roofing shingles, decks, and gazeboes have traditionally been made. It is resistant to mold, moisture, and insects. The oiling process also helps to block out damaging UV rays of the sun, so our carvings can be hung outdoors. Please be aware, that even with the oiling, the carving will eventually gray out, as any cedar will, if it is placed in direct sunlight.

 SIZE OF THE CARVINGS: The stock carvings are limited by the size of the board that starts the carving process. As the initial piece is 1 in. x 12 in., (in reality 3/4 in. x 11-3/4 in.) one side of the carving will be no greater then approximately 11-1/2 in.