kongouban 金剛盤
CATEGORY: art history / sculptures
 
Also banshi 盤子. A stand or tray on which are placed the *kongousho 金剛杵 (vajra pestle) and *kongourei 金剛鈴 (bell) used for ritual prayer and incantation in Esoteric Buddhism mikkyou 密教. The stand has an irregular quatrefoil shape, approximately triangular, with four points representing lotus leaves. It is usually made of gilt bronze, and has three legs. The Kongouban in Kyouougokokuji 教王護国寺 (Touji 東寺), Kyoto, is said to be the oldest example in Japan, brought back from China by *Kuukai 空海 (774-835).
 
 

 
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*mikkyou hougu 密教法具 
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