A very early Tibetan exorcising dagger Purba (Phurbu)
China & Tibet
A very early Tibetan exorcising dagger Purba (Phurbu) probably 11th or 12th century, of iron with copper alloy details, pommel with 3 fierce faces in iron, copper and alloy, each crowned with a row of skulls. Central section formed as a Dorjey (Vajra-thunderbolt symbol), triangular section blade issues from the mouth of a Makarra. Blade sides each engraved with a single character in Tibetan script, forming the mantra OM AH HUM representing the “Three Supports”, also engraved are two snakes and a forked tongue. Excellent age patina overall.
Blade length 4¾” (12cms) Overall length 10¼” (26cms).
See R.A.F. Thurman and D. Weldon "Sacred Symbols - the ritual art of Tibet", Sotheby's, Rossi & Rossi, New York 1999, exhibition catalogue No. 7 for a comparable Dorjey.