Covered box with vajra


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The two crossed vajra pestles depicted on the box’s cover are commonly used in Esoteric Buddhist rituals. In the shape of a club with multiple prongs on both ends, the vajra is a ritual weapon with indestructible and irresistible power symbolizing the energy of enlightenment. This ornament indicates the box was originally made for Buddhist ritual use, likely as a container of incense.

Covered box with vajra, Cloisonné enamel, China

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