A bronze and iron phur.bu

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.

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A flaming kartrika

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.