Magic Horn

A1404

From: Tibet | Lhasa

Curatorial Section: Asian

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Object Number A1404
Current Location Collections Storage
Culture Tibetan | Buddhist
Provenience Tibet | Lhasa
Section Asian
Materials Horn (animal part)
Technique Carved
Iconography Makara | Stupa | Scorpion
Description

Carved horn sorcerer's magical horn (Tibetan: thun-rwa). This one is in the form of a makara's head. Horns liked these, usually filled with mustard seeds or other magical substances, were used by shamans and ngagpas during rituals. The hole in the mouth of the horn allows for the seeds be shaken free into a fire while the practitioner recites prayers. The horn is carved with various Buddhist symbols including a stupa and a poisonous scorpion.

Credit Line Purchased from Alexander Scott, 1914
Other Number Getz 247 - Other Number

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