21 March 2001
A Parcel Gilt and Bronze Vajra and Ghanta Set
Tibet, circa 16th Century
The bell cast with friezes of vajras and lion masks suspending festoons, surmounted by the gilt handle with nine-pronged vajra terminal, with matching nine-pronged vajra
The Ghanta: 9½ in. (24.2 cm.) high; the Vajra: 7 in. (17.8 cm.) long (2)
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The nine pronged handle on both of the implements would indicate that this set was used by followers of the Nyingma tradition.
Please note that the interior of the bell contains a cast reign mark in relief in bastardized Chinese relating to the Ming Emperor Xuande.
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