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Ritual Dagger ("Phurpa"), Nepal, 19th C.

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Ritual Dagger ("Phurpa"), Nepal, 19th C.
Old ritual dagger ("phurpa"), beautifully carved to represent, from top to bottom, a protruding animal head, three deities busts, a stylized "vajra", and finally a stylized "makara" (water dragon) head on the three-blades point. The phurpa is made of wood, with a fine dark-brown patina. Nepal, early 19th century. Height: 9 3/4" (24,8 cm). The piece is nicely mounted on a custom metal stand. Chips at the top and bottom of the object, otherwise good condition. NOTE: Phurpas were and are still used by shamans in the Himalayan Region during ritual ceremonies.

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