12th century (made)


Length: 18 cm

IS.10-2008 SSEA

A Tibetan steel and gold Vajra

A steel and gold Vajra from Tibet

The vajra or "Diamond Sceptre" is a quintessential Tibetan Buddhist object representing the 'diamond like' fundamental nature of the enlightened state as unsheakable and indivisible. This example has the more unusual nine rather than five prongs which probably relates to particular ritual uses. It belongs to an early group of vajras decorated with rows of staring heads dating to between the 11th and 14th centuries.

Owned by the family of Sywambunath Vajracharya and brought out of Tibet to Nepal in circa 1950.

Supported by John and Fausta Eskenazi

Location: In Storage

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