University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameDorje
Vajra
Object Number: A1202
Current Location: Collections storage
Culture:Tibetan
Buddhist
Provenience: Tibet
Section:Asian
Materials:Copper
Iconography:Vajra
Thunderbolt
Credit Line:Purchased from Alexander Scott, 1914
Other Number0905 - Cast Number

Description

Buddhist scepter called a vajra in Sanskrit and a dorje in Tibetan, meaning thunderbolt or diamond. They are often used in rituals in conjuction with a bell with a half vajra handle (called a ghanta in Sanskrit).


Current & Past Exhibitions:

Exhibition of the Art of the Far East ( Dec 1914)View Objects in Exhibition
Himalaya: Land of the Snow Lion (Supplement) (04 Oct 2008 - 12 Apr 2009)View Objects in Exhibition

Bibliography:

[Catalogue, Exhibition] University of Pennsylvania. 1914. Catalogue of an Exhibition of the Art of the Far East. : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 32 No. 20View Objects cited in this Publication

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