Ritual bell with diamond sceptre handle (vajraghanta)
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ABR 024

 Code: ABR 024

  Country: Tibet

  Style: Sino Tibetan

  Date: 1400 - 1500

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 10.4 x 22.8 x 10.4

  Materials: Brass

Ritual bell with diamond sceptre handle (vajraghanta)

The ghanta (Skt.), known in Tibetan as Dril bu (Tib.) («dribu») represents a “bell, prayer-bell”. It symbolizes the female principle of the transcendent void as a symbol of absolute wisdom. N.B. when the bell is surmounted by a vajra, it is called vajraghanta. It forms a pair with the vajra that symbolizes the male principle. 

Bibliography: von Schroeder, Ulrich and von Schroeder, Heidi. Tibetan Art of the Alain Bordier Foundation. (Visual Dharma Publications, 2009); pp. 34-35; plate 11.