This Mandala set is made up of 4 rings and one lid on the top. To use this set, you place rice or seeds in the middle of the mandala and make a small tower. This mandala set was handmade in Nepal from sterling silver and gold. This mandala set is 5.5 inches on the bottom, and 5 inches tall when it is put together. The eight auspicious signs of Tibetan Buddhism are carved into the outside of this mandala set.
If you would like to learn more about the Mandala, how to make a Mandala, and where the original tradition of the Mandala comes from, please read this article on the Mandala. The original types of Mandalas were made through painted sand. This type of a Mandala, to be used with rice, is commonly used for altars at home and in temples and places of meditation. In this way, the Mandala serves two purposes, the metaphorical Mandala, and then the offering of rice- food- to the Buddha.