Magic Horn


From: Tibet

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number A1127
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tibetan | Buddhist
Provenience Tibet
Section Asian
Materials Brass
Technique Engraved
Iconography Makara | Dorje | Stupa | Rubal | Bagua | Magic Square
Inscription Language Tibetan Language

Brass sorcerer's magical horn (Tibetan: thun-rwa). Heavy and in the form of a makara's head. Horns liked these, usually filled with mustard seeds or other magical substances, were used by shamans and ngagpas during rituals. The hole in the mouth of the horn allows for the seeds be shaken free into a fire while the practitioner recites prayers. The horn is decorated with various Buddhist symbols including a dorje, a stupa, and Rubal, a tortoise who is the emanation of the bodhisattva of knowledge, Manjusri. His belly contains a magic square, the eight trigrams (bagua), and mantras in the form of Tibetan characters are lotus petals.

Height 7 cm
Length 16.2 cm
Width 5.2 cm
Credit Line Purchased from Alexander Scott, 1914
Other Number Getz 247 - Other Number

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