Phurba, Himalayan region, Tibet / Nepal.

A phurba is a triple sided ritual dagger, usually topped with three faces of a tutelary deity. The phurba is a necessary tool for a shaman to battle negative and distracting forces. Sometimes they are sticked into the ground to mark an area where no spirits have entrance. It comes from the Himalayan region between Nepal and Tibet.

This old wooden phurba is a fine example with an iron point. It has excellent carving covering its entire surface, depicting endless knots, serpents etc. Altogether it's full of symbolism.

Glossy patina and evident use and age, remains of a wax seal and a little sticker (collection number).

Height approximately 26 cm - 10.2 inch. On perspex base.