Tibetan Buddhists use assorted figurines and images of bodhisattvas as a way to obtain enlightenment. Each of the deities represents different aspects of the Buddha and his teachings. They are used as an aid for meditation or function as a protection. Each figurine has been finely crafted from Turquoise powder and finished with black antiquing. SYMBOL : Shiva destroys in order to create. Only through destruction of the old can rebirth occur and a new life begins. The snake curled three times around the Lord's neck represents the cycles of time which symbolizes the past, present and future.