Jul 2, 2012
Jul 2, 2012

Bell with Vajra Handle

Bell with Vajra Handle



Diameter: 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in.); Overall: 15.1 cm (5 15/16 in.)

Bequest of Mrs. Severance A. Millikin 1989.355



The vajra and bell as a pair are an important combination of tantric implements. When used together, the vajra is held in the right hand and stands for tantric method; the bell refers to wisdom and is held in the left hand. When a tantric master holds the vajra and bell, he takes on the guise of an enlightened being who teaches and models tantric methods with wisdom and understanding.

See also
Javanese Art
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