The Phurba is a special triple sided Tibetan ritual stake, which originated as a stake that tethered sacrifical animals. Ritually used by the Buddhist priest to create an area of stability and or protected space, the phurba was often staked into the ground in...
The metal bottom of the chalice is stamped with the word China. This dates the piece between 1890 and 1914. It was the U.S. McKinley ...
Gaus like this were commonly used by the Tibetans living inside China and those livi...
The cup is black lacquer, peach shaped for long life, has a footed bottom, and ornate finger stops on each side. It has several nicks and chips as is appropriate for its age. The cup is 1.25 inches high and 3 inches across at the widest point.