Prayer wheel - ROM2005_1583_24


Prayer wheel

Medium:Embossed silver box containing paper and ink prayer with wooden handle
Geography: Tibet
Date: 19th century AD
17.3 x 7.3 cm
Object number: 942.87.1.1
Credit Line: Gift of the Wimodausis Shop
On view
Gallery Location:Sir Christopher Ondaatje South Asian Gallery
DescriptionUniquely Tibetan, prayer wheels are instruments of personal devotion for people from all social ranks. Devotees turn the metal cylinder of the wheel which contain prayers written on parchment. By turning the wheel, devotees literally "send out" the prayers written inside, thereby gaining karmic merit, invoking deities, and enhancing their likelihood of attaining enlightenment.
South Asia
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