Very rare Tibetan ritual headdress finial flanked
by two flaming sword finials
Flaming skull finial  $2000
Flaming sword finials  $1500
Both at $3000
This is a very rare set of Tibetan ritual objects depicting a pair of
Derge flaming sword finials (see first photo in series) and a gold
and silver gilded  thunderbolt flaming skull, it is called this
because of the thunderbolt dorje and the flames emanating from
its head.
This was once used within the actual ritual headdress of high
ranking lamas. Tibetans especially like the use of the color red in
their ritual ceremonies they believed it drove off the evil spirits and
thus the red eyes. The four pronged  thunderbolt dorje on top of the
skull is missing one  prong and there is one dent on the skull
however the integrity of the piece is intact and solid and it is in
overall excellent condition.
Considering the plight of the Tibetans an authentic headdress
finial like this is a very rare significant and powerful example of
Tibetan ritual history. In the photo series you will see an antique
photograph depicting a high Lama with a similar finial in his
Imagine the elaborate ceremonies and events this has been part
of. As a highly decorative and  provocative piece of Tibetan art it is
sure to ignite meaningful conversation and imagination .
There is a space at the bottom inside the skull for mounting  
securely for display. This finial measures 9 & 1/2" inches tall from
top to bottom.
The flaming skull is flanked by a pair of ceremonial gilded iron
'Derge' (see the box below for more about Derge)  flaming sword
motif ritual regalia. These can be used to flank alters on both sides
representing the flaming sword of truth cutting through ignorance.
The flame tops are done in lovely pierced iron work. Tibetans like
to carry these in ritual processions on a pole and put them into the
ground for ritual ornamentation.
Each sword finial are identical on both front and back. They
measure just under 1ft 2" tall. Each flaming sword finial also has a
receptacle on the bottom for easy display mounting.
Very rare large Tibetan purba ritual dagger
Iron and meteoric iron
17th-18th century
                              TIBETAN RITUAL DAGGERS

The following are several very rare Tibetan ritual daggers known
as a purba, phurba, phurbu, purbu. These early daggers were of
extreme importance to the Tibetan masters and were made at the
They traditionally contain an alloy of  'sky metal', meteoric iron
found in the mountains and fields. To the Tibetans iron is the most
powerful metal in combating the demonic forces. Iron is the metal
out of which planetary cores are made and thus is considered a
root metal and very grounding. Many traditions consider iron as a
repellent against dark forces.
These 'thunderbolt' daggers were used as conductors of their
highly charged mantras and were considered physical termas /
Tibetan lamas will use these activated ritual daggers to direct their
prayers and excorcise demons.
Unlike Roman, Egyptian and Japanese artifacts etc...authentic
Tibetan relics and particularly the ritual daggers are extremely
rare on the 'open market'.
Very rare Tibetan ritual dagger
Iron and meteoric iron
18th century
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                        TIBETAN DERGE WORK

An extremely rare collection of Tibetan iron work comprising
pen holders, ritual decoration, lids and horse trapping
regalia. This type of work is called 'Derge'. Derge, located in
the valley of the Yangtze river and its main tributaries was
one of the three major centres of Tibetan culture.
Derge means 'land of benevolence'. The Horbo district within
the principality of Derge was traditionally renowned for its
outstanding iron work, famous throughout Tibet.
In Derge ware, the iron surface is abraded where gold or
silver is inlaid  into subtle designs comprising Buddhist
symbols, mythical animals and dragons with intricate
patterns. These designs  were often done in a very fine
openwork technique unique to this culture.
As a metal treasured by Tibetan Buddhists iron was often
used  for  Tantric ritual implements, the older of these
employed the use of meteorites (see the Tibetan ritual
daggers below).
The Shanghai Museum, The Forbidden City in Beijing and the  
Metropolitan Museum of Art has examples of this type of
work. The superb quality of these Derge Tibeto-Chinese
wares are particularly renowned amongst private collectors
for its intricate pierced open work technique.
The iron-working techniques are not the same as those of
Damascus though the obscure and much rarer Derge
metalwork is deserving of equal fame.
Enquiries welcome.
This dagger is nearly 1ft long measuring 11& 3/4" and is an
excellent example of 17th-18th century ritual weaponry. This purbu
is flanked by two endless knots with the triangular spear point
emanating out of the mouth of the makara. There is evidence of
gold gilding. This purbu has a very good balance and feel and is
indeed a very powerful and rare example. See the above box
entitled "Tibetan ritual daggers" .
This dagger is just under 9 and 1/4" long. These authentic purbus
 are extremely hard to find these days  The handle is flanked by
two geometric patterns representing the endless knot and the
dorje thunderbolt. All hand wrought, a very rare and excellent
example of 18th century ritual weaponry.  See the above box
entitled "Tibetan ritual daggers" .
Rare Tibetan dog toggle
High grade pure silver
A very rare pure silver Tibetan temple dog. This was used as a
toggle for a belt sash and was also a trade item, a form of Tibetan
silver bullion. It is extremely scarce and  weighs a heavy 88.5
grams. It measures 33mm tall X 30mm wide at the top and
28mm wide at its base.