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19c Tibetan bronze VAJRA Buddhist thunderbolt

19c Tibetan bronze VAJRA Buddhist thunderbolt


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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1920: Item # 1484866
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Nice small size late 19th / early 20th century Sino-Tibetan bronze vajra - the primary symbol and ritual implement in Tantric Buddhism. It symbolizes the essence of esoteric practices and the perfected state of reality. This vajra has 5 prongs on each end - one at the center, and four at the cardinal directions - symbolizing five cosmic Buddhas. The globe in the middle is considered to be the power center of the implement, on either side of the globe there are stylized lotus petals. The four prongs of the cardinal directions emerge from the mouths of sea monsters (makaras). Nicely cast, beautiful patina, very pleasantly fits in a palm of a hand. Length 3.57 inches (9.1 cm).