Bell "Ghanta"

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Bell ghanta, 18th -19th century
Central Asia, Tibet

Wise Collection
Donated by the University of Dundee, 1993
Museum number 1993-308

The ghanta and vajra (thunderbolt) are important ritual implements in Vajrayana Buddhism. They represent the twin qualities of wisdom and compassion, whose interaction leads to enlightenment. In Nepali and Tibetan practice, a monk or lama holds the vajra in the right hand and the ghanta in the left, making elaborate ritual movements whilst reciting from Buddhist teachings or tantras.

Bell "Ghanta"
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