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Bell with Vajra Handle

900s
Diameter: 5.7 cm (2 1/4 in.); Overall: 15.1 cm (5 15/16 in.)
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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.
Bell with Vajra Handle

Bell with Vajra Handle

900s

Indonesia, Java, 10th century

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