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Antique Ritual Tantric Wooden Mahakala Dagger. Phurba. Central Tibet

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    Phurba, also Phurwa, is a ritual object used to dispel and destroy obstacles. It was originally used to mark out the perimeter of a sacred building (temple or monastery). Since then it was used in ritual and sacred ceremonies. The three sided blade… Continue reading

Brass / Bronze & Copper Shou Xing Walking Stick / Cane / Sword, China

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Detail: The Shou Xing handle represents the God of Long Life and Longevity. This god is the third god of the Gods of Good Fortune. This is a heavy and study cane. The copper sheath or shaft – that houses a steel blade –… Continue reading

Batak Piso Halasan Sword / Knife, Sumatra

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Detail: Hilt and scabbard are carved from bone or from some resin composite material (although I have never seen a resin composite come out of Sumatra that is this old). ASO (human-like) traditional figures are carved at both ends and insects, geckos and plant life are carved on… Continue reading
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