Thunderbolt Scepter (Dorje) and Bell (Drilbu) with Case. 1800s. Thunderbolt: gilt bronze; Bell: silver alloy, gilt bronze; Case: grass. Gift of Margaret Polak. 1986.9.1-3.
height: 12.7 in, 32.2580 cm
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Thunderbolt Scepter (Dorje) and Bell (Drilbu) with Case
Bronze, silver alloy and gilt bronze, woven grass
Gift of Margaret Polak
The thunderbolt scepter (dorje) and bell (drilbu) are the most important ritual objects in Tibetan Buddhism. The thunderbolt is the symbol of the compassionate resolve to free all beings from suffering and the bell is the symbol of wisdom and the clear light of truth. The bell is decorated with garlands of pearls, thunderbolts, and eight Sanskrit letters within the petals of a lotus flower, and the handle is a half-thunderbolt surmounting the crowned head of Prajna.
At least 1986, private dealer, San Francisco CA; 1986, Margaret Polak [b.1915, d.2009], San Francisco CA; 1986, DAM collection, gift of Margaret Polak.
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