Vajra Bell

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Vajra Bell

 

 

Name:
Unknown (Artist)
Title:
Vajra Bell
Abstract:
The handle of this bell is a five-pronged vajra, below which is a face. Coarse hairs or fibers are wrapped around the center of the handle. The bell has calligraphic inscriptions and ornamental leaves and patterns, with a repetitive series of vajras along the bottom.
Format:
decorative arts; metalwork (visual works)
Genre:
Religious art
Place of Origin:
Tibet
Date:
No date
Physical Description:
1 ritual object ; h. 6 in. (15.2 cm), Diam. bottom of bell: 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Note (Medium/support):
Bronze with traces of gilding and residual coarse hairs or fibers
Note (Ownership):
Gift of J. G. Phelps Stokes
Note:
The vajra, or thunderbolt, once a weapon but modified for use as a ritual object, represents action and masculine energy in Buddhism. The bell represents wisdom and feminine energy. Combining masculine and feminine energies through the use of both objects is said to assist Vajrayana Buddhists in their search for salvation.
Library Location:
Art Properties, Columbia University
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Catalog Record:
13433143
Digital Project:
Art Properties -- Columbia’s Art Collection Online
Persistent URL:
https://dx.doi.org/10.7916/d8-h2tv-9f68