Prayer wheel

Prayer wheel

Prayer wheel
Probably made in China for use in Tibet or Mongolia
18th or 19th century
Copper, partly gilt, with turquoises
Height 39 cm x diameter 20 cm
Museum no. IM.119-1911

Influenced by Chinese architecture, this prayer wheel may have been a gift from a Chinese dignitary to a senior Tibetan monk. The spindle at the top turns the drum, which contains a roll of paper on which prayers are written. Rotating this brought spiritual benefit.