Vajra (Devanagari: वज्र) is the Sanskrit word for both thunderbolt and diamond, and is regarded as a ritual or spiritual attribute, mainly in Buddhism but also in Hinduism.
The Tibetan word is dorje, which is also a common boy's name in Tibet and Bhutan. It also refers to a small sceptre that Tantric practitioners hold in their right hand during ceremonies, and that's also featured in a number of Buddha statues.
The vajra destroys all types of ignorance and is indestructible. In Tantric rituals, it symbolises the male principles of methodology and mercy, while the accompanying bell in the left hand represents the female principle and wisdom. Interaction of the two leads to enlightenment.
Minor signs of wear, no restorations.
Heavy piece: 1.866 kg.
- Large varja
- bronze / iron
- Late 20th century
- Region/ Country of origin
- Good condition, see description
- 30.5×8×8 cm