Old, Rare and Primitive Bronze Phurba. Chitpati. Amulet. Necklace. Tibet
This is a curious piece, not because of the image of a protector, Chitipati, but because of the weight and design of this Phurba. The weight feels like there is a mixture of lead rather than tin. Furthermore, there is a lot of metal movement between the blade and head. I would have to call it “very rare” for those two features. And because of its patina and coloring, I think this phurba is very old.
There is a hole on the “head” end which was – most likely – hung from a cord around the neck as an amulet . . . and use regularly by a ritualistic practitioner.
It was found near Tsongdu (now known as Nyalam). Nepalese traders used to call Tsongdu “Kuti” or Gate of Hell. The trail down to the Nepal border was really risky and perilous.
This item has been sold. Thanks R.A. !!