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STONE CROSS OF HOPES

1 STONE CROSS OF HOPES

(25,5 cm x 19 cm x 3 cm, various types of stone)


“ The Karst rock, which had been soaked in earth oil deep underground for thousands of years and turned shiny black, was used by the artist Oskar Kogoj to carve this cross, which was presented to Pope John Paul II as a sign of respect.
The artist's hand has somehow transformed the natural roughness of the stone into an organic softness so as to present an instrument of torture as gracefully tamed matter, almost stretched into a four-handed embrace.” (Alojz Rebula, May 1987)


2 COLLECTION OF DISHES AND MORTARS FROM STONE

(dish – large – h = 19 cm, dish – small – h = 13 cm, karstic stone – repen)

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149 COLLECTION OF DISHES AND MORTARS FROM STONE


Represent a worldwide cultural heritage, the most primitive device for grinding wheat and other edible seeds. To create a similar device, the primitive man must have been quite capable 45,000 years ago. The piece that is designed to grind the mortar’s contents reminds us of Omphalos – the invigorating source of energy that the ancient Greeks proclaimed to be the centre of the Earth. The described object should be used nowadays in every household, so that mankind would return once more to vegetarian food.


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150 SLOVENSKI TERILNIK IZ KAMNA

3 MORTAR FROM STONE

(ø = 14 cm, h = 7 cm, karstic stone – repen)


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148 55 MILLION YEARS MORTAR AND PESTLE - “HYPERBOREA”

4 55 MILLION YEARS MORTAR AND PESTLE - “HYPERBOREA”

(large – h = 14 cm, small – h = 12 cm, karstic stone – repen)


Hyperboreans, the ancient civilisation that considered our planet to be a “divine creation” and stone to be an “energy generating motor,” were first mentioned in Plato’s writings. The Hyperborea mortar was first used by this northern civilisation, which vanished due to changes on the earth, but their knowledge was nevertheless spread over the entire planet.
The mortar is the oldest “mill of the world,” for it was discovered in Tertiary sediments, which are 55 million years old. It was excavated by J. H. Neale under the Table Mountain in Tuolumne County, California.


5 NUTCRACKER SET

(h = 5 cm, karstic stone – repen)


A stone plinth made from the karstic Repen stone. NUT and EGG or BALL – ritual sculpture. THE KROTOVNIK NUT TREE, EGG – LINGAM, BALL – ZI.
The KROTOVNIK, THE GIANT NUT TREE, was named after a frog called KROTA (toad), because it is large and wrinkly like a toad. The krotovnik nut is in the process of extinction. That is why I planted around 600 nut trees in Orehovlje at Miren with my friends and then gave the saplings as a present to distinguished personalities and lovers of the nut tree culture. The development of the krotovnik came into being through natural selection throughout the millennia: “Man and bird – jackdaw, jay.”
The nut tree is very important for Slovenians, as it has always been very valued and especially useful as wood. The nut is known as part of the famous Slovenian potica cake ...
In the time of PRALAYA, when the Earth was forming, the first forms of energies or the circular, natural graffiti in the shape of a ball and a dot, called ZI, were created. The stone ball also signifies God. This is the first circular form, from which LINGAM or egg is created – the most perfect shape on earth.

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151 NUTCRACKER SET

6 THE SILVER KNIGHT OF THE SLOVENIAN “DVANAJSTIJA”

(h = 22 cm, silver, gilt)

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THE SILVER KNIGHT OF THE SLOVENIAN DVANAJSTIJA


The Nature Design exhibition took place in 1990 at the invitation of Teddy Kollek, Izzika Gaon and Pesach Ostashinski, the founders of one of the world's most famous museums The Israel Museum in Jerusalem. On this occasion, Kogoj designed the collection of chalices – silver knights, which were created at the famous Brandimarte silver factory in Florence.
This exclusive collection is designed to meet the needs of high protocol events and gift-giving ceremonies. The Slovenian “Dvanajstija” (12-member board) represents the Ancient Slovenian statehood social organisation, which has existed since the very beginning of the Slovenian history. The members of the organisation were twelve wise men elected by the people. Each chalice represents one of the twelve wise men called “the knights of the Slovenian Dvanajstija”. At the same time, the chalices are reminiscent of the 12 apostles.


7 COSMIC HEART BRACELET

(silver, gilt)

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COSMIC HEART BRACELET


The symbolic heart is composed of two lingams, i.e. two oval shapes. Everything originates in the egg and returns to it. It is the balance between humans and God. The entirety consists of the earthly and divine parts.
The cosmic egg is the real shape of the universe, cosmic time and the unity of cosmic creation. The heart is the divine and the human embodied.
The heart symbolically represents 5 human bodies or layers:

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COSMIC HEART PENDANT

8 COSMIC HEART PENDANT

(2 cm x 2,5 cm, silver, gilt)

1. material body,
2. energetic body,
3. mental body,
4. intellectual body,
5. divine body or GOD.
Another five elements represent the 5 values that each person should strive for. These are:
1. truth,
2. righteousness,
3. love,
4. peace,
5. non-violence.
The heart reflects the divinity of being aware of oneself.
We often say: “God is in the heart, love is in the heart.”
“Look within yourself” does not mean to observe the material body but to observe the art of pure love of cosmic consciousness using our senses as if in a state of deep meditation. As a mother describes maternal love, it is the love of a mother that is not completely pure cosmic love as it is merged with the longing of the mother for the well-being of the child and family.
The whole heart was symbolically dedicated to Sai Baba at the occasion of his 82nd anniversary.
When celebrating this occasion, a group of 409 invitees from the regions of the former Yugoslavia used this shape to decorate the entrance and the temple with fresh flowers.


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BABA GOOD-LUCK PENDANT

9 SAI BABA GOOD-LUCK PENDANT

(ø = 3 cm, silver)


“All spiritual practices are of no avail if the heart is not pure. Your cravings and attachments will not disappear even if you are immersed in many spiritual practices so long as the heart is full of the illusion of egoism. Remember that agitations of the mind cannot exist in the same heart filled with love. Can light and darkness ever co-exist at the same place, at the same time? Hence, you must remove the illusion of egoism from your heart. If you are desirous of getting rid of the feeling of ‘I’ and ‘mine,’ you must worship the Lord. You must become an aspirant without likes and dislikes.” Sathya Sai Baba


THE CROSS OF HOPE PENDANT

(4,7 cm x 3,4 cm, silver)


“The Karst rock, which had been soaked in earth oil deep underground for thousands of years and turned shiny black, was used by the artist Oskar Kogoj to carve this cross, which was presented to Pope John Paul II as a sign of respect. The artist's hand has somehow transformed the natural roughness of the stone into an organic softness so as to present an instrument of torture as gracefully tamed matter, almost stretched into a four-handed embrace.” (Alojz Rebula, May 1987)
The small version of the cross was made as a silver pendant.


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