Vajra Scepter
Vajra Scepter

Vajra Scepter


Artist
Tibetan (Tibetan)
Date
20th century
Medium
Bronze
Dimensions
Work : 1 1/4 x 4 1/2 x 1 1/4 in. (3.18 x 11.43 x 3.18 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of David Kamansky and Gerald Wheaton
Object Number
2019.69.3.2

Label
The vajra scepter (also called a dorje) and bell are among the most important implements used in Tantric Buddhist rituals. The vajra scepter symbolizes the eternal, unchangeable nature of the Buddha’s mind. It represents compassion and the male principle in Tantric Buddhism. The bell symbolizes the absolute purity of the Buddha’s body and speech. It represents wisdom and the female principle in Tantric Buddhism. The vajra scepter and bell are used together in different ways depending on the rituals being performed. Typically the vajra is held in the right hand while the bell is held in the left hand when they are used in a ritual context.

Object Type
Metal