Ritual chopper (vajra-katari)

Tibeto-Chinese
Ming dynasty
late 14th century


Object Place: China, for a Tibetan Buddhist temple

Dimensions

23.2 cm (9 1/8 in.)

Accession Number

1987.256

Medium or Technique

Iron overlaid with gold and silver designs

Not On View

Collections

Asia

Classifications

Ritual objects

Ritual chopper with wide, flaring and curling blade inlaid with a Buddhist mantra in Tibetan Sanskrit. Handle is in the form of a five-pronged vajra (thunderbolt), with the head of a gaping animal serving as the transition between handle and blade.

Provenance

1987, Donald J. Wineman, New York; sold by Donald Wineman to the MFA. (Accession Date: May 27, 1987)

Credit Line

Charles Bain Hoyt Fund