Tibetan Purbu dagger, XVIIth century


Period:XVIIth century



Purbu "demon daggers" are magical instruments in the form of a dagger supposed to repel enemies and diseases.

These purbus, elaborated in temples, were of extreme importance to the Tibetan masters/lamas who would use them to direct their prayers and excorcise demons.

They are traditionally supposed to contain an alloy of "sky metal", meteoric iron found in the mountains and fields, iron beeing considered by tibetans as the most powerful metal in combating the demonic forces.

This is a very good example of purbu.