About this object

A wooden staff or khatvanga. At the tip of the pointed octagonal staff is a half dorje or vajra (symbolising a thunderbolt). At the top, carved in fine detail is an vase of ambroisia with banners hanging from its side, which is topped with a large carved jewel. The finial is in the shape of a half dorje. Attached to the finial is an endless knot tied from two strips of leather. These two strips are sewn into a 'v' shaped and stitched to these are two large silk scarve; one dark blue, one olive green. Both are inscribed in red ink with mantras in the Tibetan script.

Object specifics

  • Type
  • Culture
  • Artist/Maker
  • Place made
    Asia: Central Asia: Tibet [China]
  • Date made
    19th Century
  • Materials
    Skin Leather; Textile Silk; Paint; Wood
  • Location
    Item not currently on display
  • Acquisition
    From the Collection of H. G. Beasley
  • Collector
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley
  • Place collected
    Not recorded
  • Date collected
    1939 before
  • Measurements
    355 mm x 33 mm x 33 mm; 14 in x 1 5/16 in x 1 5/16 in
  • Related people
    Harry Geoffrey Beasley ( Collector)
Object view = Humanities
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