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.
circa 17th century, Tibet, phur.bu (kila), bronze and iron, private collection, photo by Koller.
This ceremonial implement has a three-sided blade topped with a makara and a handle with the head of a wrathful god (possibly Vajrapani) whose hair is tied with a snake and decorated with a vajra finial.
16th-17th century, Tibet, kartrika, bronze, private collection, photo by Koller.
This outstanding ritual flaying knife has a row of lotus petals at each end of the handle and the blade is decorated with an unusual serrated design imitating flames.
Gilt copper alloy and damascened iron. Vajra and makara handle.
Makara handle, Iron with gold and silver overlay.
Copper alloy with silver overlay, inlaid stones missing. Wrathful god (protector) Hayagriva has a horse’s head in his chignon and is wearing a skull crown and yin-yang earrings. The spirit below him seems to be spurting snakes out of its mouth.