Five-Pronged Vajra

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Five-Pronged Vajra

 

 

Name:
Unknown (Artist)
Title:
Five-Pronged Vajra
Format:
decorative arts; metalwork (visual works)
Genre:
Religious art
Place of Origin:
Tibet
Date:
No date
Physical Description:
1 ritual object ; l. 6 1/4 x W. 1 5/8 x H. 1 5/8 in. (15.9 x 4.1 x 4.1 cm)
Note (Medium/support):
Bronze with traces of gilding
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:
13433145
Digital Project:
Art Properties -- Columbia’s Art Collection Online
Persistent URL:
https://dx.doi.org/10.7916/d8-52de-5g35