Ceremonial dagger "Phurba"

125 €

Nepal, 20th century, private collection from Netherlands.

Nepal is situated just to the south of the Himalayan mountain peaks. Himalaya, stretching from Pakistan to Myanmar, forms the highest land boundary on our planet and is one of the linguitically most complex regions. The Nepal is a multiethnic, multilingual and multicultural country made up of more than 125 ethnic groups and more than 123 languages. Nepal's diverse linguistic heritage evolved from three major language groups: Indo-Aryan, Tibeto-Burman languages, and various indigenous language isolates. Kathmandu is the nation's capital and the largest city.

This curious wooden dagger is called Phurba (also Phurpu, Phurbu, Phurpa) and the Sanskrit name kīla means a nail, peg or stake. A phurba is powerful ritual object, a necessary tool for a shaman to battle negative and distracting forces. Phurbas are traditionally associated with Indo-Tibetan Buddhism, Bön, and Indian Vedic traditions.

The energy of the phurba is fierce, wrathful, piercing and affixing. As a tool of exorcism, the kīla may be employed to hold demons or tulpas in place (once they have been expelled from their human hosts, for example) in order that their mindstream may be re-directed. The kīla, particularly those that are wooden are for shamanic healing, harmonizing and energy work. The triple blade of phurbas symbolizes the overcoming or cutting through of the "three root poisons" (Sanskrit: mula klesha) of ignorance, desire and hatred, and also represents control over the three times of past, present and future.

Curious long and narrow wooden phurba. Intricately carved ornaments and sacred symbols. Fabric decorations. Blade tip covered with metal. Good condition. Age-related wear and signs of use. Dark, smoked polished patina. Soot, dust and dirt. Size approx. 30,0cm x 2,7cm.