Tibetan Phurba or Kila
The Phurba is a traditional ritual dagger or spike and is made of either metal or wood.
The principal method use is to pierce the earth, or as is the case with the Himalayan Shamanic traditions, to penetrate it vertically, point down, into cache of rice or grain. The Phurba offered is made of wood and is elaborately carved. The pommel has three faces and the blade depicts a demon devouring a serpent like creature. The tip of the blade is blunted from use and has a small hairline crack. The balance of the piece has a deep, rich patina.
Thought to be from the early 20th C., or possibly even earlier.
Includes a black metal display stand.
12 1/2" in length.