A Superb Large and Rare 12th-13th Century Bronze Phurba from Tibet
|Size||Height 49cm without stand|
This superb large and rare bronze Phurba from Tibet. Dating from the 12th -13th Century and belonging to Tibet’s indigenous Bon religion. This finely cast heavy bronze Phurba harnesses the three-sided deity Phurba Drugse Chempa with stacks of wrathful heads above an openwork endless knot grip and a tripartite blade. The whole Phurba is bound with old red cotton strings with suspended copper skulls talismans.
The Bon was a Pre Buddhist religion in Tibet which did convert to Buddhism. Bon was characterized as “animism” and “shamanism”;
The term “Bon” has been used to refer to several different phenomena. Drawing from Buddhist sources, early Western commentators on Bon used the term for the pre-Buddhist religious practices of Tibet. These include folk religious practices, cults surrounding royalty, and divination practices. However, scholars have debated whether the term “Bon” should be used for all of these practices, and what their relationship is to the modern Bon religion.
Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Buddhist Art
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