This is an extremely unusual and rare antique Himalayan Ritual Phurba of a type used for shamanic healing and energetic work.
Most antique wooden phurba have certain design elements in common…a crown of some sort atop a three-faced deity, a carved dorje hilt set between two endless knots, and an animal macara above a three-sided blade.
The unique feature of this Phurba is its highly personal nature. It portrays a praying figure that almost certainly represents the shaman himself, and for that reason it is likely to have been the most important of all his power objects.
Authentic antique wooden ceremonial daggers are hard to come by and this is a particularly unusual and desirable example. It dates from the 18th – 19th century and is in excellent condition, with the look and feel of antiquity and purpose.
Collectors of ethnic art might be attracted to the primitive character of the carved figure…but this is so much more than that. It is a sacred artifact that has served as a powerful ritual object of transformation. Who knows what energy it retains!