Prayer Wheel (Mani Wheel)Artist(s)TibetanArtist NationalityTibetan (culture or style)Object Creation Datemid 19th century - early 20th centuryMedium & Supportmetal, wood, bone, and turquoiseDimensions
8 11/16 in x 1 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in (22.1 cm x 4.5 cm x 4.5 cm);8 11/16 in x 1 3/4 in x 1 3/4 in (22.1 cm x 4.5 cm x 4.5 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
An example of a 'mani' or prayer wheel, a common ritual object used in Tibetan Buddhism: a device made a handle (here a wooden stick, with simple incised line designs) supporting a hollow cylindrical drum on a spindle. Here the drum is elaboratedly decorated with rows of inset turquoise stones, as well as a row of Sanskit letters in bone. A small weight of bone attached to one one side of the drum with a metal chain, allows the wheel to spin with a slight rotation of the wrist.Primary Object Classification Ritual Object Primary Object Typeprayer wheelCollection AreaAsianRights
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