Rather uncommon 19th century Japanese 3-pronged bronze vajra (thunderbolt) - the primary symbol and ritual implement in Tantric Buddhism. It symbolizes the impenetrable, immovable, immutable, indivisible and indestructible state of enlightenment, as well as male principle of method or skillful means. Three-pronged vajra is a symbol of consecrating the devotee in the triple path of tantric meditation. Three prongs symbolize three different kinds of light issuing from them as follows: 1st prong - ...click for details
19th century/early Taisho period Japanese bronze and wood kakhara - a Buddhist rattle to scare off small creatures like snakes and insects, and thus prevent the carrier from stepping on them. Was used by a wandering monk or pilgrim. White bronze top with 2 pairs of loose rings that produce the sound, nicely cast, very pleasant patina. Dense fruitwood handle with beautiful patina. Total length 11 1/2 inches.