Prayer Wheel (Mani Wheel)Artist(s)TibetanArtist NationalityTibetan (culture or style)Object Creation Datemid 19th century - early 20th centuryMedium & Supportmetal and woodDimensions
10 1/4 x 3 5/16 x 3 5/16 in. (26 x 8.4 x 8.4 cm)Credit LineGift of the Estate of Maxine W. Kunstadter in memory of Sigmund Kunstadter, Class of 1922Subject matter
A mani, or prayer wheel, a common ritual object used in Tibetan Buddhism. A hand-written or printed prayer is placed inside the hollow core of the wheel drum; when a believer spins the drum from left to right (the direction the prayers are written), he or she attains the same religoius merit as when reciting the prayers aloud.Physical Description
A 'mani' or prayer wheel, a common ritual object used in Tibetan Buddhism: a device made a handle (here a simple wooden stick) supporting a hollow cylindrical drum on a spindle. A small metal weight, attached to one one side of the drum with a cord, allows the wheel to spin with a slight rotation of the wrist. The drum in his case is of hammered metal, with incised patterns of Buddhist auspicious symbols.Primary Object Classification Ritual Object Primary Object Typeprayer wheelAdditional Object Classification(s)MetalworkCollection AreaAsianRights
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