Purba Gilt copper, white metal, rock crystal, hardstone and semi-precious stones Nepal or Tibet
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- Gilt copper, white metal, rock crystal, hardstone and semi-precious stones
- length 26 in. (66 cm.)
The ritual implement surmounted by three hardstone animal and demon faces and ears set into the white metal head, each face with a coral, turquoise and lapis inset crown and turquoise necklace, the whole topped by a half-vajra, the green hardstone handle with white metal mounts and the rock crystal blade engraved with ornamental Lhantsa script and issuing from a gilt copper makara topped by a hardstone animal mask.
Compare an almost identical Purba now in the Art Institute of Chicago, Alsdorf Collection, ascribed to central Tibet and dated circa 1700; see Pal, 2003, pl.182, p. 271.