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Ritual Object

Native NameDorje
Vajra
Object Number:A1202
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tibetan
Buddhist
Provenience: Tibet
Section:Asian
Materials:Copper
Iconography:Vajra
Thunderbolt
Length: 14.5 cm
Width: 4 cm
Credit Line:Purchased from Alexander Scott, 1914
Other Number:0905 - 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:

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

Bibliography:

[Catalogue, Exhibition] University of Pennsylvania, Office of the President. 1914. Catalogue of an Exhibition of the Art of the Far East.. Philadelphia. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 32 No. 20View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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