A superfine ritual iron phurba based on a traditional Tibetan design. Each piece is crafted for us by a Tibetan family who have been making ritual phurbas for more than 50 years. Iron is notoriously difficult to carve and these pieces have been worked entirely by hand.
The three sided blade is held in the mouth of a wild boar or pig which typically signifies the overcoming of ignoarance. The boar is often associated with wrathful deities such as Dorje Palmo, Odzer Chennma, Dorje Godrab etc. The blade represents the power to transform the negative energies known as the three root poisons into perfect wisdom. The eight sided faceted handle is flanked by cornerless cubes or endless knots.
This piece is more uncommon in that it displays the head of a wild boar or pig in place of the typical Makara head. This likely indicates this to be a ritual phurba design for a much larger Vajrakilaya mandala. They are truly unique works of ritual art.
Hand crafted in Deradhun, India.
Phurba approx 10 inches x 1.3 inches
Tip: If you notice rust appearing on any iron ritual item, simply use a toothbrush (used for this purpose only) to gently apply olive oil to the affected areas and then remove any residue with a soft cloth. For more stubborn areas you can use wire wool.