Oni Necklace

Oni is a West African name meaning “desired” and also a Yoruba (of Nigeria) name meaning “born in a sacred location”.

The amulet in this Oni necklace portrays the image of Mahakala, a wrathful deity of Tibetan Buddhists, and a protector of the faith, who assumes the fierce and powerful form of Avalokiteshvara, the enlightened being of compassion. He wears a crown of five skulls, symbolising the transmutation of the five afflictions into the five wisdoms of Buddha.

According to the legend, the special powers of Mahakala goes back to Avalokiteshvara’s vow to remain in the mortal world and not reach Buddhahood until all sentient beings were enlightened. After helping many people he saw no decrease in suffering, but rather an increase in defilements. He became discouraged, but after deep reflection and with renewed determination, he resolved that by assuming a wrathful form he would be able to rapidly and effectively defeat obstacles to the happiness of others.

With this thought the syllable HUM in dark blue colour emerged from his heart, immediately becoming the Instantaneous Protector of Wisdom, Mahakala. The birth of Mahakala was followed by an earthquake and with one voice the Buddhas in heaven declared that he would have the power to grant all wishes if the wishes were honest and good.

The Mahakala amulet hangs off three strands of deep blue flower glass beads from Ghana, with oxidised silver spacers. This striking combination is elegantly funnelled into six trade beads on either side, which are decorated with hand painted flowers, and complementary bottle blue round glass beads. These recycled glass beads are made by the Krobo tribe from West Africa using ancient techniques that are still popular today. A handmade sterling silver clasp, chain and SHIKHAZURI logo bead finishes this piece off beautifully.

This Oni necklace beautifully combines elements from different cultures and exudes vibrant energy.

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Product Details

A wonderful Tibetan Buddhist amulet combines with beautiful beads handmade in West Africa to create a fabulous statement piece that blends cultures and style. The Oni Necklace features:

  • A symbolic pendant portraying the image of Mahakala, a wrathful deity of Tibetan Buddhists
  • Three strands of deep blue flower glass beads from Ghana
  • Tibetan silver spacers
  • West African trade beads which are decorated with hand painted flowers
  • Round bottle blue Ghana glass beads
  • A handmade sterling silver clasp, chain and SHIKHAZURI logo bead
  • Length: 47cm including clasp, with 8cm chain extension to enable necklace length to be adjusted
  • Pendant height: 4.5cm from top of pendant to the bottom

The components are personally sourced by Shikha during her travels around the world and this statement necklace is assembled in her home studio in Kenya.

FREE worldwide shipping, protective packaging and a beautiful handmade banana leaf jewellery box lined with Maasai shuka and Kenya kanga fabric is included, as well as a personally signed card by Shikha with the story behind this piece.