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Tibetan Bronze Vajra or Dorje

Tibetan Bronze Vajra or Dorje

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Directory: Antiques: Regional Art: Asian: Southeast Asian: Pre 1920: Item # 1372013
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"Vajra" is a Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt and diamond. Additionally, it is a weapon won in battle which is used as a ritual object to symbolize both the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a thunderbolt (irresistible force). The vajra is essentially a type of club with a ribbed spherical head. The ribs may meet in a ball shaped top, or they may be separate and end in sharp points with which to stab. The vajra is a weapon of the Vedic rain and thunder deity Indra, and is used symbolically by the dharma traditions of Buddhism. A well cast and chased bronze with traces of gilt gold, mounted on stand.

Provenance: From the Ashby Collection

20th Century Tibetan

Dimensions: 6.75" x 2"