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Iron Phurba. Kila. Ritual Dagger. Exorcise Evil. Tibet

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    A three sided peg, stake, knife or nail like ritual object that is/was used to stake out sacred and monastery sites to obstruct or repel evil. Also does wonders to nail down those life distractions such as greed, desire and envy.   The most precious of Phurbas… Continue reading

Old Madura Keris Kriss Kris Dagger. Centipede. Madura. Indonesia.

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    Directly from Madura, this Keris was passed on through 2 generations. Madura is an Indonesian island off the northeast coast of Java and is inhabited by 3.65 million Madurese.   Keris have been produced for centuries. It is divided into three parts: blade (wilah), hilt… 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

Kris Badik Knife / Dagger, Indonesia

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Detail: This is a traditional Malay dagger used as a weapon of defense or for more domestic purposes. The blade has Holy verses from the Quran. The scabbard and hilt are made of bone and decorated with silver plated metal. Good condition. Circa early- to mid- 1900’s. This item is no longer available.

Antique Tumbuk Lada Keris Sword, Malay Sumatra

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Detail: An aristocrat’s Tumbuk Lada carved from – what I am convinced is – elephant bone. The Tumbuk Lada – translates as “chili crusher” – is a common type of dagger on the Malay Peninsula in Sumatra. Slightly curved with a single sharp edge, the blade is iron. This is… Continue reading

Asian Bone Sword / Dagger, China

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Detail: Acquired from a Los Angeles Asian antique dealer. Superb carvings and detailed scrimshaw. Subtle coloring. Decorative wooden stand is included. Age unknown. Pristine condition. I’m sorry this bone sword has been sold. Thanks D.T.!
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