|CATEGORY: art history / sculptures|
| A short
club with five prongs at each end, usually made of gilt bronze. The central
grip is encircled by demons' eyes kimoku 鬼目, and above and below these
a lotus flower pattern. At each end is a central straight prong like a *tokkosho
独鈷杵, surrounded by four curved prongs. The gokosho is a type of vajra
金剛杵. Kongousho are used in Esoteric Buddhist services *mikkyou
hougu 密教法具, and are also found as attributes *jimotsu
持物 held by Buddhist guardian figures such as *Aizen
Myouou 愛染明王. They represent the indestructibility of Buddhist law,
and the power of the Buddha to conquer evil.
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