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Wrathful Meteorite Sky Iron Five Prong Vajra - Vajra based on a known Guru Padmasambhava Earth Terma discovered in the 14th century.
A powerful hand crafted bronze Five Prong Vajra with an incredibly rare Siberian meteorite central prong. The four outer prongs are held in the mouth of a Makara. There are eight Dharmapala faces on the handle to enhance the overall wrathful quality of the piece and to replicate some of the earliest known Vajras. It is guaranteed to be crafted from authentic Seymchan iron meteorite, which was first discovered in Siberia in 1967. Each piece is hand crafted by a master artisan who is unsurpassed in the making of ritual vajras in modern times.
It is believed that Tibetans have an ancient tradition of using meteoric iron for ritual Phurbas and Vajras, however, very few genuine pieces have survived or are known to still exist. There is also mention of Guru Rinpoche or Yeshe Tsogyal concealing meteoric ritual supports as terma and a number have been re-discovered over the centuries. The immense power of a meteorite when it falls to earth is so destructive and awesome in nature, that it is easy to see why 'sky metal' is such a sought after material for ritual weapons.
Meteoric ritual supports have long been prized in Tibet and finding meteorite in the Himalayas would have been exceptionally difficult in ancient times. It also requires great skill to work with this material. It is likely that the majority of antique iron phurbas or vajras that are claimed to be made from 'meteoric' iron (Tibetan: Namchak) are in fact only made from iron of this earth, or are mixed with a very small amount of meteoric iron. Without accurate metallurgical tests it would be difficult to prove otherwise. It is for this reason that genuine meteoric supports with proven provenance are so rare.
The central prong on the vajra is crafted from 100% Seymchan iron meteorite. It is shaped and polished smooth to reveal the Widmanstätten pattern that is inherent in the meteorite. This pattern is found in octahedrite iron meteorites and some pallasites, a class of stony-iron meteorite. This class was first recorded in 1772 and this also came from a find in the mountains of Siberia.
The Vajra itself has been crafted in the style of a known Guru Rinpoche or Padmasambhava Terma that was revealed by the 14th century treasure revealer, Dorje Lingpa. From the age of 13 he had visions of Guru Rinpoche and was believed to be an emanation of King Trisong Detsen and Vairotsana. It is unusual in that the prongs are open and wrathful faces can be seen where the prongs terminate in the centre. Similar style Vajras are held in museum collections, such as the Victoria and Albert Museum in London and are dated to the 12th C or earlier. The open prong style was also favoured in Java, Indonesia in the 9th century and is still used in the esoteric Buddhist traditions of Japan.
Material: Bronze and Meteorite
Size: 6.5 inches x 1.5 inches