AGE: – 20th Century
CONSTRUCTION: – Conch shell
DESCRIPTION: – Tibetan Carved Trumpet Conch Shell Deity Vajrabhairava
LENGTH: – 18cm
WEIGHT:– 600 gms.
Tibetan Carved Trumpet Conch Shell Deity Vajrabhairava – with a beautifully carved depiction of Vajrabhairava “Horned God”.
The conch shell is used in Tibet to call the monks to religious assembly. It is also used in rituals, a vessel to contain holy water and as a musical instrument. The conch is also considered as a symbol of power, sovereignty and authority. When blowing into the conch shell it is thought to avert natural disasters, banish malevolent spirits and to scare away creatures that could cause harm.
The “horned god” and phallic worship of the Indus valley civilization may have been a prototype of Shiva worship or Shaivism. He is the god of destruction and cosmic dissolution, commonly worshiped in the form of the lingam, or symbolic phallus.