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17th-18th c Tibetan Lama's Bell (Museum Quality).  

The 'Bell' - 'Ghanta'(Hindu) or 'Dril-bu'(Tibetan) is said to be 'the voice of the Buddha',  although one of many symbolic meanings.  It  ...
17th-18th c Tibetan Lama's Bell (Museum Quality).  

The 'Bell' - 'Ghanta'(Hindu) or 'Dril-bu'(Tibetan) is said to be 'the voice of the Buddha',  although one of many symbolic meanings.  It  ...
17th-18th c Tibetan Lama's Bell (Museum Quality).  

The 'Bell' - 'Ghanta'(Hindu) or 'Dril-bu'(Tibetan) is said to be 'the voice of the Buddha',  although one of many symbolic meanings.  It  ...
17th-18th c Tibetan Lama's Bell (Museum Quality).  

The 'Bell' - 'Ghanta'(Hindu) or 'Dril-bu'(Tibetan) is said to be 'the voice of the Buddha',  although one of many symbolic meanings.  It  ...
17th-18th c Tibetan Lama's Bell (Museum Quality).  

The 'Bell' - 'Ghanta'(Hindu) or 'Dril-bu'(Tibetan) is said to be 'the voice of the Buddha',  although one of many symbolic meanings.  It  ...
17th-18th c Tibetan Lama's Bell (Museum Quality).  

The 'Bell' - 'Ghanta'(Hindu) or 'Dril-bu'(Tibetan) is said to be 'the voice of the Buddha',  although one of many symbolic meanings.  It  ...
17th-18th c Tibetan Lama's Bell (Museum Quality).  

The 'Bell' - 'Ghanta'(Hindu) or 'Dril-bu'(Tibetan) is said to be 'the voice of the Buddha',  although one of many symbolic meanings.  It  ...
17th-18th c Tibetan Lama's Bell (Museum Quality).  

The 'Bell' - 'Ghanta'(Hindu) or 'Dril-bu'(Tibetan) is said to be 'the voice of the Buddha',  although one of many symbolic meanings.  It  ...
17th-18th c Tibetan Lama's Bell (Museum Quality).  

The 'Bell' - 'Ghanta'(Hindu) or 'Dril-bu'(Tibetan) is said to be 'the voice of the Buddha',  although one of many symbolic meanings.  It  ...
17th-18th c Tibetan Lama's Bell (Museum Quality). The 'Bell' - 'Ghanta'(Hindu) or 'Dril-bu'(Tibetan) is said to be 'the voice of the Buddha', although one of many symbolic meanings. It is the feminine complement to the masculine 'Vajra'/Dorje' ('thunderbolt) both of which are employed by the Lama in Tibetan Buddhist ceremonies.. Dorjes encircle the Bell, protectively, just below the shoulder and at the skirt bottom. The 'yoke', too, from which the clapper hangs, is, also, in the form of a tiny dorje. An indication of its age is the 'melted butter' appearance of its handle resulting from generations of ritual handling. Note: the 'Wisdom Face', or 'Yidam'(photo #3), has become so subtle that it may invoke, in the devotee, that possibility of sublimating the ego. There is a tactile pleasure in holding this piece similar to that experienced when touching the older miniature icons of the Hindu pantheon - Shive Nataraj, Parvati, Krishna, Ganesh, etc. - which have, also, achieved that velvety feel from ages of worship. It is made from 'bell bronze', an alloy of copper and tin, and produces a magnificent tone when rung. It is 6 1/2" in height and has its own leather traveling pouch. The 'Vajra'/'Dorje' (seen in the Main Image) is of a different tradition and is sold separately and found elsewhere in My Pages on Rugrabbit; 19th c.; it possesses the same classic simplicity as the 'Bell'. Repairs to two of its ribs were done in Leh, Ladakh. It is 4 1/2" in length. Both items were acquired during my travels in Ladakh late last century.
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