Makara Gallery

Himalayan arts - Asian arts

Shamanic phurbu


East Nepal,
29 cm
In # 5520
Nepalese shaman’s ritual dagger, decorated with classical symbols and themes carved in low relief (animals, eagle, interleaving of snakes). There is also a less common visual theme: a shaman, carrying his dhyangro and a gajo (wand). The faces at the top of the phurbu are also present in the unusual number of six.