A COPPER INLAID IRON AND BRASS ALLOY BON PURBHA TIBET, CIRCA 13TH CENTURY
Lot 3005
A COPPER INLAID IRON AND BRASS ALLOY BON PURBHA
TIBET, CIRCA 13TH CENTURY
Sold for US$ 10,000 inc. premium

Lot Details
A COPPER INLAID IRON AND BRASS ALLOY BON PURBHA TIBET, CIRCA 13TH CENTURY
A COPPER INLAID IRON AND BRASS ALLOY BON PURBHA
TIBET, CIRCA 13TH CENTURY
The mounted iron tripartite blade enhanced with separately cast copper alloy sheets along its edges adding greater width.
Himalayan Art Resources item no.61573
15 in. (38 cm) long

Footnotes

  • 西藏 約十三世紀 苯教金剛橛

    Inlaid deposits of iron skillfully embellish this uninhibited casting. The absence of a vajra-grip is a key indicator of a Bon purbha that distinguishes the present example from more common Buddhist examples. Similar to a Bon purbha recently sold by Bonhams, New York, 14 March 2016, lot 5, the pommel transitions from makara head, to a knot of immutability, to a three-sided figure holding a purbha of either brass, copper, or iron, to a double-sided kyung (mythical bird). Further above are three faces, before a surmounting godhead. The purbha-wielding figure likely represents the Bon deity Purbha Drugse Chempa. For two other related Bon purbhas, see HAR item nos. 10131 & 57062.

    Provenance
    Sotheby's, New York, 22 March 1989, lot 226
    Private Collection, Los Angeles
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