Two Handbells, anonymous, 1300 - 1600

Two Handbells, anonymous, 1300 - 1600

bronze (metal), h 15.5cm × d 7.8cm More details

The handbell, ghanta, was rung by priests during rituals. The cross with the circular flaming disc depicts a cakra, a wheel referring to the Buddha’s teachings. Depicted below the four faces on the left bell are a jewel, a lotus, and two different vajras, thunderbolts. They represent the four faces of the Buddha, and the four cardinal directions.

On display in Asian pavilion, room 2

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