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INDIA - THAILAND. "TRISHULA",  The Trident of Shiva,  nineteenth century,
an elaborately carved teak panel depicting the trident mounted on a lotus, surrounded by foliage, 17½ X 11¼ X 3 ins. drilled for hanging, with a modern wooden plinth,
The Trishula is part of the Emblem of the Chakri Dynasty, the Royal House of Thailand founded in 1782. The emblem of the dynasty is composed of the discus (Chakra) and the trident (Trishula), the celestial weapons of god Vishnu and Shiva, whom the Thai sovereign is seen as an incarnation. The trishula is wielded by the god Shiva and is said to have been used to sever the original head of Ganesha. Durga also holds a trishula, as one of her many weapons. The three points have various meanings and significance, and, common to Hindu religion. They are commonly said to represent various trinities— creation, maintenance and destruction; past, present and future. When looked upon as a weapon of Shiva, the trishula is said to destroy the three worlds: the physical world, the world of the forefathers and the world of the mind . In the human body, the trishula also represents the place where the three main energy channels meet at the brow.

Stock ref: 14167