Karmavajra (Katsuma Kongo)

Japan

Kamakura period (1185-1336), About 1300

The three prongs of the Karmavajra symbolize the Three Mysteries: action, word and thought. The four sets of the three prongs symbolize within Esoteric Buddhism that the Three Mysteries apply to the four directions equally.

  • Titles Karmavajra (Katsuma Kongo) (Proper)
  • Artist Japan
  • Medium gilt bronze
  • Dimensions 4 1/2 x 4 1/2 in. (11.4 x 11.4 cm)
  • Credit Line Museum purchase with funds provided by Dr. John E. Schloder in honor of his mother, Doris Eileen Gardner Schloder, 1995.34
  • Work Type sculpture
  • Classification Ceremonial Objects