small, double pointed object with five prongs converging to form each point; center decorated with petal and concentric circle motif

Five-pronged vajra, late 14th century

Unknown artist, expand_more

A Vajra (thunderbolt) is a ritual implement used in Esoteric Buddhist ceremonies. Originally a weapon carried by ancient Indian gods, it was adopted into Buddhism as a symbol of the indestructible truth of the Buddha’s teaching. Five-pronged vajras are said to represent the Five Wisdoms of the Five Cosmic Buddhas. This is an unusual example with its prongs positioned closely together and, in fact, attached to the tip of the central prong. This arrangement is said to suggest the nascent enlightened mind.

Details
Title
Five-pronged vajra
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2015.79.434
Catalogue Raisonne
Murase, Art through a Lifetime, no. 817
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small, double pointed object with five prongs converging to form each point; center decorated with petal and concentric circle motif