Antique Tibetan Hayagriva Phurba Huge Gilded Tantric Ritual Dagger kila- 20th c
Tantric ritual daggers or nails that are known by the name of phurba in tibetan or kila in sanskrit. The three-sided kila (representing the three root poisons transformed into their enlightened nature) is most typically associated with the wrathful deity vajrakilaya. He is also known in tibet as dorje phurba and is usually seen depicted with his consort khorlo gyedunma. Vajrakilaya is embodied in the kîla as a means of liberating violence, hatred, and aggression. Padmasambhava is credited with the invention of the phurba. During the struggle against the demons who were fighting the establishment of buddhism in tibet, he is said to have pulled out a peg from the tent of a non-believer and, using the peg to nail down evil spirits, consecrated the ground on which the samye monastery was established in the eighth century. This simple peg became the phurba, an important tool of religious practice that is used to this day in the ritual destruction of negative emotions. This huge phurba is 1.8kg and 15 long. It is handcrafted nicely in copper. Most of the details are gold plated. This phurba is from the 20th century. One middle prong is missing. It has probably fell off due to corrosion. It has the light formation of patina on top. A splendid antique three-headed phurba with hayagriva (horse head) at the apex and vajra handle. The copper blade is held in the mouth of the mythical sea dragon known as chu-srin in tibetan or makara in sanskrit. The three heads at the apex represent the three kayas and inwardly they represent the three channels of the body. Antique phurbas of this size and quality are now very difficult to find. This item is made of copper and gold plated.
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