Buddhist ceremonial dagger

Made:
1701-1900 in Tibet
maker:
Unknown

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Buddhist brass ceremonial dagger, called a pur-ba or phur-bu, Tibetan, 1701-1900. Three sided blade surmounted by three heads of Hayagriva, the horse-necked deity. Used for pinning down demons during healing rituals, and perhaps symbolically for destroying the ego.

Details

Category:
Oriental Medicine
Object Number:
A161163
Materials:
brass, complete
type:
dagger - weapon
taxonomy:
  • furnishing and equipment
  • weapons and ammunition
  • weapon
  • edged weapon
credit:
Sothebys
status:
Loan: Wellcome Trust

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