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Buddhist Ritual Bell

Buddhist Ritual Bell

청동 금강령 (靑銅金剛鈴)

1300s

Bronze; with incised designs

Overall: 17.8 x 6.6 cm (7 x 2 5/8 in.)

Gift of Mitsuru Tajima 1998.123

Location

Did you know?

Called a vajra in Sanskrit, this implement is used in Buddhist rituals meant to destroy ignorance.

Description

This Buddhist ritual bell is called the "five-pronged" bell due to the four prongs bending toward a central prong at the end of the handle. This shape is a vajra, or lightning bolt, a powerful and important symbol in esoteric Buddhism, which originated in India, spread across Asia, and was practiced in Korea.

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A Symbolic Weapon
See also
Collection: 
Korean Art
Department: 
Korean Art
Type of artwork: 
Metalwork

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