Kirtimukha flaying knife

 

18th-19th century, Tibet, ritual flaying knife, brass and iron, private collection, photo by Koller.

This vajra-handled ritual implement is adorned with Kirtimukha on both sides.

The mythical creature with a head and arms only is surrounded by scrolling vegetation  and devours a naga/serpent which he holds with both hands.

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Kinnara

19th century circa, Tibet, gilt copper repoussé, private collection.

19th century circa, Tibet, gilt copper repoussé, private collection.

For more information on kinnaras, see the “animals and mythical creatures” section of the Himalayan Buddhist Art blog (link in the blog roll section, on the right hand side of this page).