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an Online Exhibit of 

Drilbu (Ghanta, Bell) & Dorje (Vajra)

for information on these Buddhist Vajrayana objects, visit:

Ritual Implements in Tibetan Buddhism
A Symbolic Appraisal

"About the Dorje" at Khandro.net

(courtesy The Huntington Archive)


The Dorje at Swayambhunath Stupa, Nepal

Dorje Petroglyphs from upper Tibet, age unknown. Courtesy of "Images of Lost Civilizations" by John Vincent Bellezza

    

Vajrapani - India, Gupta Period 6th century (collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

    

Standing Vajrapani - India (Bihar, Nalanda) Pala Period 8th-9th century (collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

see also: "Note on Vajrapani-Indra" by Sten Konow  from Acta Orientalia 1930


9th Century

Five-pronged Kongo Bell China, Tang Dynasty, 9th Century (Kyo'ogokoku-ji Temple) courtesy Kyoto National Museum


10th Century

Eight Arm Tara - India, Bihar, Pala Period 10th Century (collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Kashmiri, or Samyadora style Vajra, India or Western Tibet, worn almost completely smooth from a millenium of use

other side, showing later prong replacement and turquoise insert

a close-up of the above, showing the hollow center, a marvel of lost-wax process bronze casting

Central or Eastern Java c. 10th Century (collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Java - 8th-10th Century, Gold Ring (collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)


11th Century

Mahakala - India, Bihar, Pala Period  11th-12th Century (collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Mahakala holding a mace, but clearly showing the characteristic vajra-like prongs

11th ccourtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #893

Gyanyin - Liao Dynasty (916-1125) Northern Shanxi or Hebei Province (collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)


12th Century

Five-pronged Kongo Vajra Heian Period, 12th Century (Private Collection) courtesy Kyoto National Museum

Five-pronged Kongo Vajra Kamakura Period, 12th Century (Private Collection) courtesy Kyoto National Museum

Five types of Kongo Bells Heian Period, 12th Century (Sonei-ji Temple) courtesy Kyoto National Museum


13th century

13th c Khmer height 17.2cm width 8.1cm13th c Khmer height 17.2cm width 8.1cm- courtesy of Jewel of the Lotus 

13th c Khmer13th c Khmer - courtesy of Jewel of the Lotus 

Eastern Javanese Period 13th-14th Century (collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)

Halberd Head with Nagas and Blades on Tortoise - Eastern Java Period, 13th Century (collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York) reminding of the origins of the vajra as a weapon

Single-pronged Kongo Vajra Kamakura Period, 13th Century (Shoshuraigo-ji Temple) courtesy Kyoto National Museum

Three-pronged Kongo Vajra Kamakura Period, 13th Century (Tofuku-ji Temple) courtesy Kyoto National Museum

Korea, Koryo Dynasty (918-1392)

Korea, Koryo Dynasty (918-1392)

Korea, Koryo Dynasty (918-1392)


14th Century

1300courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #882

China, Yuan Dynasty - courtesy of Marcel Nies

      

Japan, Kamakura period - Bell and Sword Hilt


15th Century

Ritual Fire Spoon - Tibet 1403-1424 (collection of Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York)


16th Century

16th c. bell-18cm dorje-10cmcourtesy of Jewel of the Lotus 

1500courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #873

1500courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #879

1500courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #880

1500courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #881

1500courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #884

1500courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #885

1500courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #886

courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #892


17th Century

17th c bell-7.5inches dorje-5.5inchescourtesy of Potala World

17th ccourtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #861

17th ccourtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques#863

1600courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #866

1600courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #867

1600courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #868

1600courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #870

1600 Mongoliacourtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques#874

1600courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #875

1600courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #877

1600courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #878

1600courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #883


18th Century

18th ccourtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #859

18th ccourtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #862

1700courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #869

1700courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #871

1700courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #894

1700courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques#895

1700courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #896

1700courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques#897

1700courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques#898

1700courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #899

1700courtesy of Yantra Oriental Antiques #903


19th Century

courtesy of Treasures Gallery

courtesy of Treasures Gallery

courtesy of Treasures Gallery

courtesy of Treasures Gallery


20th Century

Mongolia

              

Painting by Alex Grey

creating a dorje to adorn the roof of Manjushri Buddhist Center, U.K. - see a sequence of pictures here


Age Unknown

Chinese, Ming Dynasty

    


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