University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology
Native NamePhurpa
Object Number:42-30-281
Current Location: Collections Storage
Tibetan Buddhist
Provenience: Tibet
Date Made: 1800-1942
Early Date: 1800
Late Date: 1942
Human Head
Credit Line:Gift of Mrs. Morgan Wing on behalf of the Estate of Florence C. Whitney, 1942
Other Number:24 - Other Number


Phurpa, ceremonial dagger. Wood. Blade lacquered and grip painted various colors. Grotesque animal face above blade. Snakes on blade. Pommel in form of single human head with five (1 missing) crowned death's heads around forehead.

Current & Past Exhibitions:

Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition (12 Dec 1985 - 21 Oct 2012) View Objects in Exhibition


[Catalogue] Possehl, Gregory L., and Ch'eng-mei, Chang, and Peters, Heather, and Lyons, Elizabeth. 1985. Buddhism: History and Diversity of a Great Tradition.. Philadelphia. The University Museum. Actual Citation : Page/Fig./Plate: 41View Objects related to this Actual Citation

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