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Shaman Himalayan Phurba Jani-Form Carving
Size: 13½ inches L x 1½ W
Condition: very good, with some expected signs of wear and age.
Age: 20th century
Materials: Wood, metal chain, cloth and remains of white pigment
Weight: 8 Oz's.
This is a large middle hills shamanic phurba with jani-form phurba deities embellishing the top of the grip, curvilinear and geometric embellishment and more anthropomorphic carving on the blade faces. A fantastic older used shamanic piece with highly desirable design details. Wooden phurbas remain in use in the Himalaya today and Shamanism in Napel is certainly a living tradition. The origins of the phurba cult are much older than Buddhism. The phurba cult certainly is among the most prevalent rituals of subjugation in Himalayan shamanism as well. It is perhaps the most favored manner of magically subjugating ghosts and malevolent spirits.