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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. However, please note that there is a loss to one of the end prongs on the Dorje.

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

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


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