20th c. Tibetan Brass Phurba Dagger
A Tibetan brass three sided phurba dagger topped with a horse.
- CREATOR Unknown. Tibet.
- DATE OF MANUFACTURE c. 20th century.
- MATERIALS AND TECHNIQUES Solid Brass.
- CONDITION Good. Wear consistent with age and use.
- DIMENSIONS H 14 in. x W 3 in. x D 3 in.
The kīla or phurba is a three-sided peg, stake, knife, or nail-like ritual implement traditionally associated with Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Bön, and Indian Vedic traditions. The kīla is associated with the practice of the yidam or meditational deity Vajrakīla or Vajrakīlaya.