Prayer Wheel (Mani-Lag-Khor)

Artist/maker unknown, Tibetan

Made in Tibet, Asia

c. 19th century

Silver, wood, copper alloy, paper, turquoise, ivory, and iron alloy

10 1/4 × 2 5/8 inches (26 × 6.7 cm) Chain: 3 1/2 × 5/8 inches (8.9 × 1.6 cm)

Curatorial Department:
South Asian Art

Object Location:

Currently not on view

Accession Number:

Credit Line:
Gift of Hannah Neil Wheeler in memory of Charles Wheeler, 1933

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In addition to the prayers embossed on the surface of the wheel, immense numbers of prayers are written or printed on paper that is rolled around the wheel's shaft. Tibetan-Buddhist devotees spin the prayer wheel to multiply the prayers included on the wheel-thus activating thousands of prayers for each rotation.