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Decorated with the triple headed deity Padmasambhava framed with a circle of human skulls
With painted inventory no. 819
Size: 21.5cm long – 8½ ins long
Ex European Private collection
Sometimes called a magic dagger the phur-bu, meaning spike or nail, is the physical embodiment of the compelling power of the mantra Hüm. Tibetan monks performing rituals gesture with these spirit daggers, either singly or in groups, to enforce the effect of mantras or invocations they have uttered and to drive the invoked energy on its way, thus completing the ceremonies.
|Height||21.50 cm||(8.46 inches)|