Wheel of the Buddhist Law (Rinpō)


On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 223

This bronze ritual object connected with Esoteric Buddhism symbolizes the Wheel of the Law (Sanskrit: dharmachakra). In Buddhist texts and rituals, the phrase “turning the wheel of the law” refers to the act of teaching by the Buddha Shakyamuni. Each of the eight spokes and eight corners represents one of the moral admonitions of the Noble Eightfold Path, and the central section depicts a lotus flower with eight petals.

Wheel of the Buddhist Law (Rinpō), Gilt bronze, Japan

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