Pendant of Tantric Buddhism, Vajrayana, Kartika in rock crystal, the knife of the dakinis and wrathful deity.
Rock crystal from Brazil of excellent quality.
As a gemologist graduated from the Institut National de Gemmologie (ING), Paris, France. All our materials are appraised and certified by us.
Pendant dimensions only 46/35mm
Weight of 14 grams.
Sold with or without braided necklace with rock crystal bead also from Brazil
Adaptable collar has all sizes by its clasp which is a sliding knot.
Minimum necklace length: 22cm
Maximum necklace length: 31cm
A kartika or kartrika is a small crescent-shaped ritual skinning knife used in the. Tantric ceremonies of Vajrayana Buddhism. Kartari is said to be "one of the attributes par excellence of wrathful tantric deities". It is commonly referred to as the "knife of dakinis". Its shape is similar to that of the Inuitsulu or woman's knife, which is used for many things, including cleaning skins.
While the kartari is normally held in the right hand of a dakini in the iconography and spiritual practice of vajrayana, it can sometimes be seen held by esoteric male deities, such as some forms of Yamantaka. It is also frequently found in the iconography of Chöd's Tibetan Buddhist spiritual practice.
In the same way that the bell and the vajra are usually paired ritual elements in the spiritual practice and iconography of the vajrayana (one is held in the right hand and the other simultaneously held in the left), the kartika usually appears as a pair with the kapala or "skull-Cup".
The shape of the kartika, or trigug, with its crescent shape and hook at the end, is derived from the shape of a traditional form of the Indian butcher's knife.
Representations of Vajrayogini usually contain kartika as one of his attributes. In the iconography of enlightened dakinis and tantric female yidams, it is common to find the hooked kartika knife in his right hand and the cut of the skull in his left, representing "the inseparable union of wisdom and skillful means".
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