Ritual axe (parasu)

Tibeto-Chinese
Ming dynasty, Hongwu period
1368–98


Object Place: Chinese, made for a Tibetan Buddhist temple

Dimensions

43 cm (16 15/16 in.)

Accession Number

1987.93

Medium or Technique

Iron overlaid with gold and silver; four-character mark overlaid in gold

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Ritual objects

Buddhist ritual axe (parasu) with long handle and flaring blade. Vajras (five-pronged thunderbolts) appear at each end of the handle and behind the blade. All surfaces except most of blade inlaid in silver and gold.

Provenance

1987, Donald J. Wineman, New York; sold by Donald Wineman to the MFA. (Accession Date: March 25, 1987)

Credit Line

Museum purchase with funds from the Charles Bain Hoyt Fund and donated anonymously