Ankusha – ritual elephant goad
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ABR 074

 Code: ABR 074

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1600 - 1800

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: Unknown

  Materials: Brass and iron

Ritual hook

This ritual hook (ankusha) resembles the instrument used by mahouts to keep elephants under control. According to its Buddhist ritual functions, several half vajras are attached to its handle, and its blade springs from the mouth of the sea monster Makara. The hook is generally used as part of the power activities of tantric practices aimed at subduing and taming beings through splendour. It is most commonly held by red deities associated with these practices, such as the dakini Kurukulla or the deity Ganapati. He is the Buddhist version of Ganesh, the famous god with the elephant head. 

The work is very refined and decorated with numerous gildings.