17th century Tibetan brass khatvanga. Khatvanga are subject to considerable variation in arrangement, but two basic types dominate Tibetan conventions: at the top there will either be a trident, or there will be a vajra. Beneath that there will be 3 heads, the first of which is usually a skull. Below the 3 heads is a purnaghata, or the vase of abundance, arranged in a manner suggesting that the heads issue from the vase. According to dKar-brgyud-pa traidtion, the three heads have been severed from the beings that personify aversion, attachment, and confusion, thus implying the success of the weapon as a device for overcoming these three vices. The attachment of the heads is a victory symbol.
Age: 17th Century
Size: 20 inches high, 4 inch diam, including stand
Price: $4,500.00 USD