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A BRONZE RITUAL BELL, GHANTA
A BRONZE RITUAL BELL, GHANTA

KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722)

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A BRONZE RITUAL BELL, GHANTA KANGXI PERIOD (1662-1722) The body of the bell is decorated with a wide band of monster-masks interspersed with the Eight Buddhist Emblems, bajixiang, linked by connecting strands of jewel-pendants. There is a band of vertical vajras to the base and another with horiztonal vajras to the shoulder. The neck is cast with a band of lotus petal lappets. 12 in. (30.5 cm.) high

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The ritual bell or ghanta, is described in teachings as 'proclaiming the sound of emptiness' and represents the female aspect of wisdom and truth in voidness of form and emptiness. For an indepth explanation of the meaning and symbolism of the motifs and drawings of bells with similar bases to the current lot, refer to Robert Beer, The Encyclopedia of Tibetan Symbols and Motifs, plate 115, p. 245.

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