Tibetan Gilt-Bronze Vajra and Bell
The vajra with lappet bands centered by a round knob, the flared prongs emanating from elephant heads and terminating in a pointed knop, the center inscribed with a six-character Yongle mark; the bell of flared form bordered at the rim with repeating vajra below jeweled swags emanating from animal mouths below a further vajra band and character inscription on the shoulder, the handle cast with a meditative face beneath a claw and prongs emanating from elephant heads and terminating in a pointed knop. Height of bell 7 1/2 inches, length of vajra 6 inches.
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