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A Phurba, also called shamanic knife, is a ritual dagger used to drive away evil spirits or negativity. This is a very old piece coming from Tamang peoples, built on the classical three-side symmetrical model. The top part represents three human faces, which have been bitten probably by mice a long time ago. The central part is the grip and represents the tibetan design of a dorje, also called vajra. The lower part which represents a three-side blade, is very simple, showing three snakes. Note: the tip was split, probably during a shaman trance. This phurba is made of red hard wood, usually Juniperus which is supposed to have holy properties. Despite the damaged tip very good condition. Exceptional black patina, obvious signs of long use. Age is probably more than 50 years old. Height 9.3/4 inches (24.5 cm), The piece is nicely mounted on a custom iron stand.