University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NamePhurpa
Object Number:A1212
Current Location: Collections Storage
Provenience: Nepal
Date Made: 19th Century
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1899
Materials:Copper Alloy
Credit Line:Purchased from Alexander Scott, 1914


Brass phurpa, magic dagger. The niche on the back of the handle is empty; it probably held paper charms. The paper wadded into the crown of the piece is probably a charm or an amulet. Topped with bust of a demon wearing skull girdle. Blue stones set in the earrings.

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