A dagger [Early 18th century]

A dagger. Dorje Phurpa རྡོ་རྗེ་ཕུར་པ་ (Wylie rdo rje phur pa) Three faced dagger, made from bronze and iron, 21.5 cm long. An object commonly used in tantric ritual performances. The main section of the handle is in the form of a dorje (skt vajra) with a mythological creature (a makara) at the junction with the blade. This dagger was reputedly not made by humans but fell from the sky.. Creation dates: Early 18th century. Actual date unknown but suggested by current owner.

Custodial history: An item owned by the family of Buchen Pema Tsewang and passed down through generations of Lama Mani in Tibet. Following his death the material has been handed down to his son Pema Choephel who is not a practising Lama Manipa.

Extent and format of original material: One Dagger.

Owner(s) of original material: Pema Choephel. Material inherited from his late father, the Lama Manipa Buchen Pema Tsewang.