University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NameDorje
Vajra
Object Number:A1203
Current Location: Collections Storage
Culture:Tibetan
Provenience: Tibet
Date Made: 15th Century - 19th Century
Early Date: 1400
Late Date: 1899
Section:Asian
Materials:Brass
Iconography:Vajra
Thunderbolt
Credit Line:Purchased from Alexander Scott, 1914

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.. Philadelphia. pg. 52 Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: Pg. 32 No. 20View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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