Qing Dynasty, Qianlong A Turquoise-Glazed Ceramic Kartrika with Vajra
Tibetan Buddhist five-stroke trowel, Vajra, porcelain is a Tibetan-Buddhist ritual vessel, used in special ceremonies for blessing and consecrating sacred images. Each strand represents the Five Buddhas and Five Wisdoms, the middle one represents the four perimeters of the Buddha’s “real wisdom” and the Buddha’s “power and wisdom” while the four surrounding perimeters bend inward, indicating that the “power and wisdom” must return to the meaning of “real wisdom”. Covering the rosette, the lower part is a trowel, just like the open mouth of a bonito. The curved iron blade ornamented with a gilt makara, flaying knife. Kartika, crescent knife used in Vajrayana Buddhist ceremonies. Symbolizes severance of all material/ worldly bonds, said to destroy ignorance, cutting of conventional wisdom by the ultimate insight. The body is engraved with roll grass and lotus petals. In the recessed base, impressed reign mark. In the Qing Dynasty, the Royal Belief in Buddhism, Jingdezhen’s Royal Kiln Factory produced a large variety of porcelain Buddhist utensils. In addition to being used as the implement of the Buddhist temple in the palace, it was also used by the court for Buddhist temples in Tibet. This porcelain five-stranded trowel perfectly combines the traditional shape of Tibet with the palace imperial porcelain, and it is also a historical witness of the fusion of Han and Tibetan culture. Qing Dynasty, Six Character Impressed Mark and of the Period.
Height: 7½ in. (19 cm.)
Width: 8¾ in. (22 cm.)
Weight: 682 g