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Tokcha or Thokcha is a term applied to small copper alloy talismanic forms worn in Tibet. Theterm tokcha derives from the Tibetan thog (thunderbolt) and Icags (iron or metal), so literally can be translated as 'thunderbolt iron' - according to belief, tokchas were formed when molten thunderbolts struck the earth and reacted forming the metal used to cast tokchas.


This example is of the popular Tibetan deity Chagna Dorje (Vajrapani) is one of the earliest appearing bodhisattvas in Mahayana Buddhism. He is the protector and guide of Gautama Buddha and rose to symbolize the Buddha's power.

 

17th/18th c.

size 2 1/2" high