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Vajra Kogai



A gold vajra on a shakudo nanako jiita.  Some small damage to the jiita.  My best guess is that some other decorative appliqué was removed and replaced with the vajra.   Edo period.  Ideal for mounting.                         

Wikipedia:  Vajra (Devanagari: वज्र, Chinese: 金剛 jīngāng; Tibetan: རྡོ་རྗེWylie: rdo-rje; ZWPY: doję) is a Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt and diamond. As a material device, the vajra is a short metal weapon that has the symbolic nature of a diamond (it can cut any substance but not be cut itself) and that of the thunderbolt (irresistible force). The vajra is believed to represent firmness of spirit and spiritual power. 


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