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Gilded Tibetan Ritual Sword of Wisdom/
Sword of Discriminating awareness
18th-19th centuries

Gilded Tibetan Ritual Sword of Wisdom Sword of Discriminating awareness 18th-19th centuries www.swordsantiqueweapons.com

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A rare and outstanding Tibetan ritual artifact of very good quality.
A heavy gilded bronze Tibetan ritual Sword of Wisdom also called the Sword of Discriminating Awareness, 18th-19th century.

49cms long with a 33cm long "blade". The large pommel is in the form of vajra/dorje, a ritual thunderbolt and a motif that symbolizes boundless compassion. The pillars of the dorje are that of four dragons or similar creatures with their tongues out stretched towards the central pillar of the pommel.
A nice subtle green verdigris patina to the rear and the vajra.
In Tibetan Mythos, these swords are seen both with and without a flaming blade as is the case with this piece.
The Sword of Wisdom is also often seen in the hands of the Bodhisattva Manjusri who is associated with wisdom, doctrine and awareness.
In Buddhism, swords traditionally represent wisdom's ability to destroy ignorance, which is thought to be one of the negative emotions motivating the bad actions and thoughts that create the suffering of conscious beings.
For knowledge on wielding the sword of Wisdom and the Buddhist practices within this ceremony, One can refer to "The sword of Wisdom" Chan Master Sheng-Yen

A very important genuine artifact for Buddhist ritual ceremony.