Buddhist prayer wheel

1601-1900 in Tibet

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Buddhist prayer wheel of silver and ivory, containing thousands of prayers, Tibetan, 1601-1900

Thousands of prayers written on a long tightly rolled scroll of paper are within this Buddhist prayer wheel. The prayer scroll is coiled around a rotating central spindle. It is within a casing of silver and ivory. This casing is covered with traditional carvings depicting the Buddha. Tibetan Buddhists believe rotating the prayer wheel while reciting a positive sentiment or wish known as mantra releases the prayers and combats negativity. Buddhism is a religion originating from India. It promotes ethical and unselfish behaviour. Prayer wheels such as this are still used. They are an important part of the Buddhist faith.


Asian Medicine
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complete, ebony, ivory, paper (fibre product), silver (metal)
prayer scroll: 10000 mm x 56 mm,
prayer wheel
  • ceremonial object
  • religious object

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