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Lotus, 20th century

Tibet, 20-2000
Gold metal
5 x 5 in. (12.7 x12.7 cm)
Norton Simon Museum, Estate of Armand J. Labbé, in memory of his parents, Gertrude and Armand Labbé
P.2006.02.03
© Norton Simon Museum

Not on view

This unusual object is a double-lotus stand for holding a vajra, or thunderbolt. A priest or lama wields a vajra during various ceremonies. The vajra itself has become a symbol of the universal compassion of enlightened beings.


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