Zentner Collection: Antique Japanese Tansu, Asian Works of Art
Antique Himalayan ritual dagger, phurba, carved of bone with skulls, makara and nagas. Phurba usually have three sides while this one is unusual in that it has two. The purpose of the phurba is it's ritual use to subdue the powers of evil and transform them into positive forces. The various elements of the phurba are symbolic - the lower part (or blade) represents "Method" and the handle represents "Wisdom". The bone material of this phurba is especially significant for it's power to drive away evil spirits.

Age: early 20th century (circa 1920)

Dimensions: 11 1/2" long x 1 1/8" wide
item #1461394