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The Vajra or Dorje is the quintessential symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism. It is likened to an indestructible diamond or thunderbolt. On a more deeper level it represents the destruction of ignorance that obscures our own Buddha nature. In tantric rituals the Vajra symbolises the male principle which represents 'Upaya' or skilful means and is held in the right hand. The bell or ghanta symbolises the female principle and is held in the left hand. Since ancient times they have been crafted from different metals including: silver, gold, bronze, copper and iron. Some very rare Vajras (discovered as Terma treasures) are believed to be made from meteorite.


We can also undertake special commissions for rare meteoric wrathful vajras.
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Rare Ritual Iron Vajra Hammer
Rare Ritual Iron Vajra Hammer
Our Price: £1,200.00

A heavy ritual iron vajra hammer (Skt: Vajramudgara, Tibetan: Dorje Towa) based on a known Tibetan example dating to the 15th C. The iron vajra hammer is a potent symbol of supreme wisdom and its ability to destroy ignorance. It is a weapon often wielded by the Dharmapalas and protectors such as Garwa Nagpo. Here it represents the ability to smash all opposition that may hinder the practitioner on the path to enlightenment. They are also used in rituals to drive pegs into the ground and thus help define the ritual space and area to be protected. Damascened metalwork (inlaying of metals) was a very popular decorative style in Derge, East Tibet. On this hammer it has been beautifully inlaid with brass that catches the light like gold.

This hammer was a special commission and is not available elsewhere.
Hand crafted in Deradhun, India by a maker of ritual phurbas.
see a 15th C example here

Material: Iron with brass inlay
15.5 inches x 5.5 inches

Tip: If rust starts to appear on any of your iron ritual items, apply some olive oil with a toothbrush (used for this purpose only) and rub away the residue with a clean dry cloth. For very stubborn areas simply use wire wool.

GIGANTIC HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL VAJRA - 15.5 inches
GIGANTIC HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL VAJRA - 15.5 inches
Our Price: £1,100.00

A magnificent hand carved Himalayan quartz vajra of dramatic size. Designed to be placed on your altar or shrine. The five pronged vajra symbolises the five wisdoms of the five Buddha families. It is the quintessential symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism. A powerful piece and certainly the largest gemstone vajra we have acquired.

Length approx 15.5 inches
Width approx 4.2 inches
approx 2.4 kg hand crafted in Nepal.
Antique Nine Prong Vajra - 17th/18th C
Antique Nine Prong Vajra - 17th/18th C
Our Price: £750.00

A beautiful antique nine prong bronze alloy vajra. Displaying a fine usage patina from countless years of ritual use.

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Condition: Mostly excellent with patina commensurate with age.
Age:17th/18th C
Material: Bronze Alloy
approx 4.75 inches x 1.3 inches
Rare Old Nine Prong Iron Vajra
RARE OLD NINE PRONG IRON VAJRA - Early to Mid 20TH C
Our Price: £750.00

A great nine prong Vajra crafted from iron and displaying a lovely archaic elegance. Vajras with nine prongs are usually associated with the most ancient lineage of Tibet known as the Nyingmapa or old school. Although this piece is not so very old it is clearly meant to replicate a much earlier piece. A wonderful Vajra that remains robust and in very good condition.

Condition: Very Good
Early to Mid 20th C
Material: Iron
approx 7.25 inches x 2 inches
Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Antique Five Prong Vajra - 18/19th C
Antique Five Prong Vajra - 19th C
Our Price: £540.00

A superb antique five prong bronze alloy vajra. Displaying a fine usage patina from years of ritual use.

Age:19th C
Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Material: Bronze Alloy
Condition: Mostly very good with patina commensurate with age.
approx 4.5 inches x 1.2 inches
HUGE HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL VAJRA - 9 inches
HUGE HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL VAJRA - 9 inches
Our Price: £420.00

A huge fine quality hand carved Himalayan quartz vajra. Designed to be placed on your altar or shrine. The five pronged vajra symbolises the five wisdoms of the five Buddha families. It is the quintessential symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism. A powerful piece!

Length approx 9 inches
Width approx 3.75 inches
hand crafted in Nepal.
LARGE HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL VAJRA - 8 inches
LARGE HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL VAJRA - 8 inches
Our Price: £390.00

A large hand carved Himalayan quartz Vajra. Designed to be placed on your altar or shrine. The five pronged vajra symbolises the five wisdoms of the five Buddha families. It is the quintessential symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism. A powerful piece!

Length approx 8 inches
Width approx 2.1nches
hand crafted in Nepal.
Extra Large Himalayan Crystal Double Vajra
Extra Large Himalayan Crystal Double Vajra - 9 inches
Our Price: £390.00

An extra large hand carved Himalayan quartz double Vajra or Viśvavajra. Designed to be placed on your altar or shrine. The Vajra is the quintessential symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism and in this double form symbolises absolute stability. It is also the principle symbol of the Buddha Amoghasiddhi and represents his all-accomplishing wisdom.

Carved from a single piece of Himalayan quartz crystal.
approx 9 inches x 8.5 inches
hand crafted in Nepal.
Extra Large Himalayan Crystal Double Vajra
Extra Large Himalayan Crystal Double Vajra - 7.5 inches
Our Price: £360.00

An extra large hand carved Himalayan quartz double Vajra or Viśvavajra.  Designed to be placed on your altar or shrine. The Vajra is the quintessential symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism and in this double form symbolises absolute stability. It is also the principle symbol of the Buddha Amoghasiddhi and represents his all-accomplishing wisdom.

Carved from a single piece of Himalayan quartz crystal.
approx 7.5 inches x 7.5 inches
hand crafted in Nepal.
Rare Quality Nine Prong Iron Vajra
Rare Quality Nine Prong Iron Vajra
Our Price: £350.00
Sale Price: £295.00
You save £55.00!

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A rare nine prong iron vajra that has been entirely carved by hand. Great skill is needed to create these vajras because iron is notoriously difficult to work with. They are made for us by special commission and are not available elsewhere. A powerful looking piece with a more wrathful quality.

The nine pointed vajra always has an axial central prong and eight curved outer prongs. The eight outer prongs symbolise the Eightfold Noble Path taught by the Buddha. The central prong represents the enlightened Buddha families. In the Nyingma tradition, the nine prong vajra can also symbolise the complete perfection of the nine yanas.

Hand carved by skilled Tibetan artisans in Deradhun.
Each piece takes the maker several weeks to complete.
Material: Iron
approx 6 inches

The stand in the second photo is not included.

Tip: If rust starts to appear on any of your iron ritual items, apply some olive oil with a toothbrush (used for this purpose only) and rub away the residue with a clean dry cloth. For very stubborn areas simply use wire wool.
HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL VAJRA - 6 inches
HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL VAJRA - 6 inches
Our Price: £210.00

A fine quality hand carved Himalayan quartz vajra. Designed to be placed on your altar or shrine. The five pronged vajra symbolises the five wisdoms of the five Buddha families. It is the quintessential symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism.

Length approx 6 inches
Width approx 2.5 inches
Hand crafted in Nepal.
Nine Prong Double Vajra - 3.5 inches
Nine Prong Double Vajra - 3.5 inches
Our Price: £85.00

A well crafted nine prong double vajra.

Origin: Nepal
Material: Copper
approx 3.5 inches
Iron Vajra and Iron Phurba Amulets
Iron Vajra and Iron Phurba Amulets
Our Price: £80.00

A lovely pair of iron ritual implements. Includes a small iron vajra and iron phurba with suspension hoops to allow them to be worn.

approx 49 mm to 56 mm x 9 mm
Sourced in Nepal
20th Century
Small Himalayan Crystal Double Vajra - 2.6 inches
Small Himalayan Crystal Double Vajra - 2.8 inches
Our Price: £75.00

A very well carved Himalayan quartz double Vajra or Viśvavajra. The Vajra is the quintessential symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism and in this double form symbolises absolute stability. It is also the principle symbol of the Buddha Amoghasiddhi and represents his all-accomplishing wisdom. Carved from a single piece of Himalayan quartz crystal.

width approx 2.8 inches
hand crafted in Nepal.
Old Five Prong Vajra - 20th C
Old Five Prong Vajra - 20th C
Our Price: £70.00

A small five prong vajra that was purchased in Tibet in the 1980s.

Origin: Tibet/Himalayan
Age: Early to Mid 20th C
Material: Bronze Alloy
Condition: Exellent. No breaks or repairs.
approx 83 mm x 20 mm
Small Himalayan Crystal Double Vajra - 2.6 inches
Small Himalayan Crystal Double Vajra - 2.6 inches
Our Price: £65.00

A very well carved Himalayan quartz double Vajra or Viśvavajra. The Vajra is the quintessential symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism and in this double form symbolises absolute stability. It is also the principle symbol of the Buddha Amoghasiddhi and represents his all-accomplishing wisdom. Carved from a single piece of Himalayan quartz crystal.

width approx 2.6 inches
hand crafted in Nepal.
HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL VAJRA - 4.1 inches
HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL VAJRA - 4.1 inches
Our Price: £55.00

A lovely hand carved Himalayan quartz vajra. The five pronged vajra symbolises the five wisdoms of the five Buddha families. It is the quintessential symbol of Vajrayana Buddhism.

Length approx 4.1 inches
Width approx 1.4 inches
with natural inclusions
Hand crafted in Nepal
Old Five Prong Vajra or Dorje - Mid 20TH C
Old Five Prong Vajra or Dorje - Mid 20TH C

SOLD!

A very large and heavy five prong altar Vajra from Nepal. A wonderful old piece that remains robust.

Condition: Very Good
Mid 20th C or earlier
Material: Bronze Alloy
approx 13 inches x 3.4 inches
Origin: Nepal/Himalayan