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Ritual DAGGER called Phurbu - Tibet End of XIXth - beginning of XXth century - Wood with shiny patina and iron
Ritual DAGGER called Phurbu
End of the XNUMXth century - beginning of the XNUMXth century
Bright patina wood and iron
H .: 26; L .: 3,5 cm
This shiny patina wooden dagger is composed of a short three-sided "blade", finished in a point covered with copper alloy. Each of the sides is engraved with geometric patterns or symbols such as a fish or avian figures or even flowers.
The handle is decorated with tiered plant motifs, surmounted by four faces. The upper part is decorated with an openwork iron sphere.
The phurbu are linked to Buddhist beliefs. Indeed, the three sides of the blade refer to the destruction of ignorance, attachment and aversion but also to the mastery of the three times and the three worlds. These ritual daggers also had the ability to be able to nail demons.
It retains a trace of red wax, testifying to the customs authorization to leave the country. This system of control of works was put in place in the mid-1970s.
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