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Shamanic Phurba 5 , Himalaya

Shamanic Phurba 5 , Himalaya

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Directory: Vintage Arts: Regional Art: Asian: Indian Subcontinent: Himalayas: Pre 1920: Item # 303096

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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 people built on the classical three-side symmetrical model. However, the top part represents three human faces, unfortunately the top is broken as the three summits of the head were joined in the namaste position . The central part 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. Notice the metal tip which not usual and protects the phurba during the shaman's trances. This phurba is made of red hard wood, usually Juniperus which is supposed to have holy properties. Despite the old accident very good condition. Exceptional black patina, obvious signs of long use. Age is probably around 100 years old. Height 10 inches (23 cm), The piece is nicely mounted on a custom iron stand.