Global Art & Artifacts

Bronze Phurba / Phurpa Ritual Hayagriva or Senge Dongma Dagger with Sheath, Tibet

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This ceremonial dagger is very unique primarily because of what I thought was represented on the crown of this phurba / phurpa. If it is not Hayagriva, it could be a representation of a horse head (a deity in both Hinduism and Buddhism).  But I don’t think so.   I don’t think it is Senge Dongma or lion-faced Dakini, either.  With the obvious horns, I think it is Kirtimukha – or Chepu – a sculpted serpent (nagas) – devouring creature often found on the crown of doorways and shrine arches.  After all, he is the elder brother of Garuda and has the ability to terrify all demonic enemies and nagas (serpents).  Someone needs to do that.

Regardless, this particular item is hard to find and is truly a unique ritual Tibetan dagger in bronze.  It comes with a primitive leather sheath.  To hold the dagger in the case, two holes wrap over the crown’s horns.

I have never seen anything like this before.  Age is unknown but it looks quite old.  For the Serious Collector.  Search:  DAGGER for other ritual pieces.

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