Bronze; with incised designs
Overall: 17.8 x 6.6 cm (7 x 2 5/8 in.)
Gift of Mitsuru Tajima 1998.123
Called a vajra in Sanskrit, this implement is used in Buddhist rituals meant to destroy ignorance.
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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