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A pestle with three prongs at each end, usually made of gilt bronze. The central grip is often encircled by demons' eyes kimoku ‹S–Ϊ and above and below these is a lotus flower design. The sankosho is a type of *kongousho ‹ΰ„‹n (Sk;vajra pestle) derived from an Indian weapon, and is a symbolic item in Esoteric Buddhism *mikkyou hougu –§‹³•σ‹ο. It is also found as an attribute *jimotsu Ž•¨ of Buddhist guardian figures, and represents the indestructibility of Buddhist law, and its power over evil. An example of a figure holding a sankosho is the Gundari Myouou ŒRδΆ—˜–Ύ‰€ (1064) in Touji “ŒŽ›, Kyoto.
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