\n\n\n\n\nFourteen little pieces strung together in a necklace.\nNot an ordinary necklace but one that was used in rituals by tantric priests.\nEach is a Phurba made of Yak bone \u2013 a preferred art medium in the Buddhist Himalayan belt.\nThe 3 sided dagger is a symbolic weapon that cuts through hatred and stabs demonic obscurations.\nSo what did these pieces witness? What ceremonies were they part of?\nTales of human triumph after soul-strengthening rituals? Did they watch as common men gained confidence and overcame hurdles? What were the stories \u2013 what battles did those lives fight?\nToday, to a collector, sitting far away in history and geography, these are beautiful pieces of art. But they once had the power to carry out soothing tasks for the believers.\nIf only.\nIf only we could see within!\nAn example from the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford:\n\nAVAILABLE FOR SALE\n\n*\n*\n*\nSave\nThe post Antique Tantric Phurba Carving \u2013 Available for Sale appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.