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Antique Nyingmapa Bell & Dorje Set - 19th C
Antique Nyingmapa Bell & Dorje Set - 19th C

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Product Code: NYINA35

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A delightful antique nine prong Bell and Dorje set with a lovely patina from 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 vajras 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 handle has a finger hole symbolising the wisdom of emptiness.

This style of bell is particularly favoured by Nyingmapa practitioners. A great traditional ritual instrument that has a vibrant sustained tone. The antique nine prong Dorje is perfectly matched to the bell handle.

Please note that there is loss to one of the end prongs on the Dorje. This is common with old sets.

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Age: 19th C
Quality: Bronze alloy
The bell is approximately 17 cms high.

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

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