Project DescriptionDescription: Bronze, 12.7 and 25 cm long
Catalogue note: The vajra (Tib: Dorje) symbolizes the male aspects of enlightenment often described as “skillful means” and “compassion,” while also representing the adamantine nature of Vajrayana teachings and the enlightened beings who transmit them. The kila (Tib: phurba) is an implement wielded to ward off demonic obstructions and to protect the Vajrayana Buddhist religion by those in pursuit of enlightenment. The three heads at its finial represent the deity Vajrakilaya, of whom this is an embodiment. Himalayan Art Resources (himalayanart.org), item no. 24457. Himalayan Art Resources (himalayanart.org), item no. 24458.
Provenance: Acquired from Christie’s, Sale 17347, Lot 680, Invoice no. DB19005295.
Catalogue no.: 2019A0182