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A Phurba, also called shamanic knife, is a ritual dagger used to drive away evil spirits or negative influences. This is a classical example from Tamang people built on the classical three-side symetrical model. The top part is made of three human heads. The central part is the grip and represent the tibetan design of a dorje also called vajra. The lower part which represents a three-side blade, exhibits a precise carving representing an interweaving of three snakes used to fight evils spirits. This phurba is made in red hard wood, usually Juniperus, which is supposed to have holy properties. Very good condition, nice soft patina indicating an intensive use. Note the very original design of the top showing half of a dorge. Age at least 50 years or more. Height : 10 inches (25.5 cm). The piece is nicely mounted on a custom iron stand.