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Antique Bell & Dorje Set with Kirtimukha design - 19th C
Antique Bell & Dorje Set - 19th C


 
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A great looking antique five prong prong Bell and Dorje set with a lovely patina commensurate with age and ritual use.

The bell displays a protective vajra fence in between a double row of pearls. Above this are the traditional eight heads of the Kirtimukha, which in this case also symbolise the eight heads of the Makara, a mythical crocodile-like creature from Indian mythology and protectors of the mandala. It is on their heads that the mandala palace rests. Each is holding a chain of jewels with various auspicious symbols in between them. Above the Kirtimukha is a another row of vajras that symbolise the 16 emptinesses. Above this is an eight petalled lotus seat for the eight bodhisattvas and their consorts The five prong handle is worn smooth from extensive handling and is imbued with countless years of ritual use.

There is a tiny hole in the top of the bell and this is perhaps an original casting flaw. In any event it does not effect the sound which is pleasing, bright and well balanced. The five prong vajra is not the original vajra, however, it is well matched and from the same period. It is also well cast and has a very nice usage patina. A great set imbued with countless years of ritual use.

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Age: 19th C or earlier
Quality: Bronze alloy
The bell is approximately 17.5 cms high and has a 9.5 cm diameter
Vajra measures 4.5 inches

The set will come with a new high quality brocade case.

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