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Old 10th April 2024, 08:57 PM   #1
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Hello,

I have this massive Phurba and I would like to know possible origin (Tibet, Nepal, Buthan?).

It is approximately 47 cm long (18,5"), is made of silver and decorated with coral, turquoise and amethyst, and has steel blade.
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I believe these are a little rare. This from is used for meditation purposes.
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As these items are not weapons, I'm sending the thread over to the Ethno Miscellania Forum.
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Old 12th April 2024, 12:06 PM   #4
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Hello Marius,

his is for sure a silversmithing art work set with stones and very imposant and nice to look at. But I really doubt that it's old or antique.
I am for sure not very knowledgeable in this area but I've seen some antique ones before and they never have looked like your example but I can be very wrong!
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Thank you Detlef!
I do not expect it to be very old. My guess would be somewhere around 1950, but this is purely a guess based on style, condition, materials, rust, etc.
The problem is that I cannot seem to find any additional information on this type of phurba, as I cannot find any similar examples, the one I have being the most elaborate and quality work.

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Old 12th April 2024, 07:11 PM   #6
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Hello Marius,

Like I stated before, I am not knowledgeable about these ritual objects. But I would guess that this ornate one was worked for rich tourists or collectors. I've found a similar example but not as good as your example, see pic.

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