Three-Footed Stand (Kongōban) for Buddhist Ritual Implements


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 223

For Esoteric Buddhist ritual prayer and incantations, a set of vajra pestles (kongōsho) and a bell (kongōrei) would be placed upon this bronze stand. The curved, leg-like supports are called “cat feet” in Japanese. The oldest known kongōban tray in Japan is believed to be the one preserved at Tōji Temple in Kyoto, which was brought back from China in the ninth century by the monk Kūkai, founder of the Shingon Buddhist sect in Japan.

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Three-Footed Stand (Kongōban) for Buddhist Ritual Implements, Gilt bronze, Japan

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