Tantric Tibetan Buddhism Phurba Antique horse head phurpa rare phurwa handmade ethnic brass vintage tantric bronze dagger thunderbolt Nepal
Length of phurba : 10.39 inches / 26.4 cms. Width of phurba : 1.37 inches / 3.5 cms. Weight of phurba : 315 grams / 0.694 lb. This is very beautiful handcrafted copper phurba. A phurwa, sometimes called a “magic dagger”, is a tantric ritual object used to conquer evil spirits and to destroy obstacles. It is utilized in magic rituals by high level tantric practitioners. The word phurwa is used primarily in central tibet, while the word phurba is used more often in kham, amdo, and ladakh. The component phurba in the word phurwa is a tibetan rendering of the sanskrit word kila, meaning peg or nail. The phurwa is an implement that nails down as well as binds. It was thus by stabbing a phurwa into the earth, and thereby nailing and binding the evil spirits, that padmasambhava, regarded as the inventor of this implement, consecrated the ground on which the samye monastery was established in the eighth century. This item is made of copper and bronze, brass, iron.