Chakra or Quoit ('Khor Lo)
Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2003 from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York
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Art Journal, The Met
This iron ring is a Tibetan Chakra, created sometime within the 15th-18th centuries. It was acquired by The Metropolitan Museum of Art in 2003 and is part of their open access collection.
- Chakra or Quoit ('Khor Lo), possibly 15th–18th century, Tibetan.
Art Journal - March 30, 2020
I’ve been writing about my friend Sarah, and her business Greenheart Yoga, as she begins a new phase of teaching online. Greenheart is a reference to the fourth Chakra, the heart. It is known as the Anahata, meaning unhurt and unbeaten. It is associated with the color green, symbolizing health and abundance. I think in a time that requires transformation, you couldn’t find better words for motivation and positive association!
Known as a symbolic weapon or divine attribute, a Chakra ring is used for ceremonial purposes. This photograph disguises the scale – it is only a little more than five inches in diameter.
The surface is engraved with a Tibetan poem, translated to:
There is a lake in Rinchen Margang / In which very beautiful lotuses bloom / The face of the lake is smooth as mirror and shines / In it the sun reflects with golden rays / Seeing that gives endless satisfaction to someone with the eye of wisdom / But for one whose eyes are blind to knowledge, it is not like that.
The poem was translated by Donald LaRocca in Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armor of Tibet, published by The Met in 2006. This is the first in depth examination of Tibetan armor and weapons dating from the 13th -20th century.
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