A copper alloy purbha with Vajrakila
Tibet, circa 13th century
With an elaborate hilt of Vajrakila with six arms holding various attributes including a purbha raised to the heart, and three heads with fierce expressions surmounted by crowns of dried skulls and Akshobhya nestled in the chignons, above an eight-pronged vajra grip between "thread-mansion" formations and with the blade extending from the mouth of a snake-spewing makara-head.
17 in. (43.1 cm) high