Brass Vajra (also known as a Dorje) is a Sanskrit word meaning both thunderbolt and diamond in Buddhism and Hinduism. Additionally, it is a weapon won in battle which, when used as a ritual object symbolizes both the properties of a diamond (indestructibility) and a thunderbolt (irresistible force); like the thunderbolt, the vajra cleaves through ignorance. In ritual use the vajra is frequently employed in conjunction with the bell and usually held in the right hand. This four spoke Vajra measures 4" long by 1" diameter heads and has its own woven gold and orange brocade carrying case with brass closure. Dates from the mid 20th century and was acquired in Bhutan in April 2017.