Buddhist bell

This 15th century Tibetan Ghanta (bell) is used as a ritual object in Vajrayana Buddhism. The ghanta also known as drilbu represents femininity. It has a gilded surmount with a Buddha head and six pronged spokes. The ghanta itself is decorated with festoons and bears an inscription on the inner side of the Ming dynasty Xuande period (1426-1435 BCE). It may have been donated to one of the monasteries in Tibet by Emperor Xuande or a part of an imperial donation to a Vajrayana Buddhist monastery. Vajrayana Buddhism is a branch of Mahayana Buddhism and it spread from Northeast India to Nepal, Tibet and East Asia.

Indigenous Name
Drilbu
Date/Period
15th century
Region
Sino-Tibetan
Dimension
Object size: H23.0 x Dia 10.0 cm
Accession No.
1997-03452
Material
Bronze
Collection of
Asian Civilisations Museum
Credit Line
Purchased with funds from The Shaw Foundation
Category
Bronze