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Antique Bell & Dorje Set - 19th C
Antique Bell & Dorje Set - 19th C
Our Price: £1,080.00

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.
Rare Quality Ritual Conch Shell Trumpet ornamented with repoussé silver and turquoise & coral
Rare Quality Ritual Conch Shell Trumpet ornamented with silver, turquoise & coral
Our Price: £895.00

A rare quality Indian conch or chank shell trumpet that has been ornamented with silver and has coral and turquoise inlay. The silver is engraved with a floral motif. A wonderful ritual instrument or alternatively a fine altar offering to represent the 'melodious sound of the Dharma'.

Material: Indian Conch (Chank) ornamented with silver
inlaid with genuine coral and turquoise cabachons.
Origin: Nepal/Himalayan
Age: 20th C
length 8.25 inches
width 3.5 inches
Large Chank Shell Trumpet
Large Ritual Conch Shell - Finely Engraved
Our Price: £795.00

A rare quality old Indian conch shell (also chank) that is traditionally used to symbolise the offering of music to the enlightened ones and is a potent symbol of the Dharma resounding in all directions. It is beautifully engraved with a Tibetan floral design and parasol, one of the eight auspicious signs to symbolise the Buddha's victory over the Four Maras. Displays a lovely patina and grain and plays with a very vibrant and resonant sound.

Length approx - 7 inches
Sourced in Nepal
age: 20th C
Antique Nyingmapa Bell & Dorje Set - 19th C
Antique Nine Prong Dharmachakra Bell - 18th/19th C
Our Price: £650.00

A beautiful antique nine prong bell or ghanta with a lovely patina from age and ritual use. Where the handle meets the bell there is indication of a very old and skillful repair, which shows how much this bell was cherished. The clapper or ringer is suspended inside the bell from a metal ring.

The bell displays a protective vajra fence in between a double row of pearls. Above this are a row of suspended lotus flowers or chakras. Above the chakras is 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. This is a marvelous traditional ritual instrument that has a bright tone and desirable usage patina. Unfortunately the Vajra that once accompanied the bell is missing.

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Age: 18th/19th C
Quality: Bronze alloy
The bell is approximately 17.5 cms high.

The set will come with a new high quality brocade case.
Antique Five Prong Bell & Vajra Set  - 19th C
Antique Sino-Tibetan Five Prong Bell & Vajra Set - 19th C - Kirtimukha/Makara Design
Our Price: £650.00

A lovely looking antique five prong ghanta bell with matching antique five prong vajra.

The bell displays a very detailed design that includes a protective vajra fence and above this are the traditional eight heads of the Kirtimukha. These heads are also considered to symbolise the Makara, a mythical crocodile-like creature from Indian mythology and protectors of the mandala. Each is holding a chain of jewels. Between and above the Kirtimukha is a another row of vajras. 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. A great ritual instrument with a gentle and pleasing tone.

Age: 19th C
Quality: Bronze alloy
The bell is approximately 18 cms high.
Vajra measures 4.5 inches

The set comes complete with a new high quality brocade case.
RARE DZOGCHEN BELL & DORJE SET - Master Quality Iron 9 Prong Vajra & Iron Nine Prong Handle - Dark Finish
RARE DZOGCHEN BELL & DORJE SET - Master Quality Iron 9 Prong Vajra & Iron Nine Prong Handle - Dark Finish
Our Price: £550.00

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An extremely rare nine prong bell and dorje set with iron handle and iron vajra -- Each set is made by a Tibetan family who have been making authentic bells and ritual items for more than 50 years. We have waited more than 18 months to have 10 bells made in this quality. As far as we are aware, this is the first time iron handled bell and vajra sets have been offered for sale in or outside of Asia in recent times. Each iron handle and vajra are carved entirely by hand and this requires incredible skill as iron is notoriously difficult to work with. Since there are few who can successfully undertake this kind of workmanship, we are incredibly fortunate to be able to offer them here.

This particular style is favoured by Nyingma practitioners as it has the traditional hole in the handle that represents the wisdom of emptiness. Iron has also been a sought after metal for ritual phurbas and vajras since ancient times and very precious pieces are believed to be made from meteoric iron. Iron has a unique feel and is often seen to have a more wrathful quality than other metals.
RARE DHARMACHAKRA BELL & DORJE SET - Master Quality 5 Prong Iron Vajra & 5 Prong Iron Handle
RARE DHARMACHAKRA BELL & DORJE SET - Master Quality 5 Prong Iron Vajra & 5 Prong Iron Handle
Our Price: £490.00

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An extremely rare five prong bell and dorje set with iron handle and iron vajra -- Each set is made by a Tibetan family who have been making authentic bells and ritual items for more than 50 years. We have waited more than 18 months to have 10 bells made in this quality. As far as we are aware, this is the first time iron handled bell and vajra sets have been offered for sale in or outside of Asia in recent times. Each iron handle and vajra are carved entirely by hand and this requires incredible skill as iron is notoriously difficult to work with. Since there are few who can successfully undertake this kind of workmanship, we are incredibly fortunate to be able to offer them here.

This particular Dharmachakra style is favoured by all schools of Tibetan Buddhism. Iron has been a sought after metal for ritual phurbas and vajras since ancient times and very precious objects are believed to be made from meteoric iron. Iron has a unique feel and is often seen to have a more wrathful quality than other metals.
Old Chöd Drum - Ritually Used - Hand Painted - 7.5 Inches
Old Chöd Drum - Ritually Used - Hand Painted - 7.5 Inches
Our Price: £395.00

A lovely old Chöd drum with a patina commensurate with age and ritual use. Hand painted in a traditional manner with skulls and wrathful heads. Cowrie shells are sewn into the central band. It still plays beautifully.

Age: Mid 20th C or earlier
Origin: Tibet/Himalayas
Size: 7.5 inches diameter
Condition: Mostly Good with weathering commensurate with age. No apparent cracks to the wood or damage to the skins.

A high quality newly created brocade case will also be included to protect the drum when not in use.
Hand Carved Chank Shell
LARGE CARVED INDIAN CONCH or CHANK SHELL - Srid-pa-ho Protection Mandala
Our Price: £395.00

A stunning shell that has been masterfully carved with the Srid-pa-ho Protection Mandala and various auspicious symbols. A perfect offering for your shrine or altar. It also plays beautifully with a very resonant sound.

Length approx 7 inches x 4 inches
Origin: Hand carved in Nepal
Age: 20th C
Superior Burl Wood Chöd Drum - Bhutanese Cloud Skins - 8.5 Inch Drum
Superior Burl Wood Chöd Drum - Bhutanese Cloud Skins - 8.5 Inch Drum
Our Price: £355.00

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Fine quality Burl Wood Chöd drum. Hand crafted for practitioners who are serious about using the most authentic ritual instruments.

Crafted from Bhutanese Burl Wood.
Diameter approx: 8 to 8.5 inches
Weight of drum approx 525 grams

What makes these drums so different from other Chöd damarus in the marketplace?
  • The sound is unsurpassed!
  • Each drum is created using accurate and traditional centuries old methods.
  • On this drum, Bhutanese Burl Wood is used and not cheaper woods that are often seen coming out of Nepal. This "wild grain" gives each drum a distinct character and is extremely dense, making Burl Wood more resistant to splitting.
  • Only natural unpainted Bhutanese cloud skins are used. The skins are buried in the ground with copper and other precious substances. This process can take many weeks to complete. As a result of this, the skins display beautiful cloudy green landscapes. Which in turn increases the longevity of the skins and also empowers them for years of ritual use. It also gives each drum its own unique character.
  • The skins will maintain their tightness for longer, unlike the typical Nepalese damaru skins in the marketplace.
  • On the inside of the drum accurate mantras are applied, this empowers the drum to be used for ritual practice.
  • Each drum has a brocade handle which helps give comfortable support when playing for long periods.
  • Includes a high quality brocade damaru tail with beads at the apex.
  • Includes a brocade carrying case with felt lining to absorb moisture from the environment. This also helps to protect the drum when not in use.