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Antique Tibetan Phurbas


A phurba or phurpa is an essential ritual tool or ceremonial dagger used by a Tibetan or Nepalese shaman to direct positive energy and battle negative forces.  Shaman carve and empower their own wooden phurbas after a period of meditation, and then continue to carry and use them throughout their lifetime.  Old phurbas frequently have bindings of thread or fragments of talismanic cloth attached, and many show battle scars and signs of wear and tear.  Wooden phurbas are favoured for healing and energetic work.


Virtually all the phurbas on the market today are reproductions.  Genuine old phurbas are few and far between and are highly prized by collectors.  All our phurbas are genuine antiques that were personally collected in Nepal in the 1980s and 90s.  They were chosen for their aesthetic quality and intrinsic interest, as well as their authenticity and cultural significance.  We have attempted to describe them accurately to the best of our ability, and they are presented here exactly as found...unrestored and unpolished!   We felt it important not to tamper with such precious, powerful, and magical ritual tools unnecessarily!


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Rare Antique Himalayan Female Shaman Phurba

Antique Carved Wood Female Shaman Phurba

Length 11¾ inches (30cm)

Spectacular and Unique Large Antique Himalayan Healing Bird Phurba

Rare Antique Himalayan Bird Phurba

Length 13 ¾ inches (35 cm) excluding rag.


Rare & Unique Pair of Antique Himalayan Male & Female Shamanic Phurbas

Antique Himalayan Carved Wood Male & Female Shamanic Phurba

Male 25.5 cm (10 ¼ inches) & Female 23.5 cm (9 ¼ inches)

A Large 19-inch Himalayan Shaman Phurba

Himalayan Shaman Phurba 19 inches (29 cm)

Himalayan Sad Archer Tiger Phurba 10 ¼ inches

Antique Himalayan Sad Archer Tiger Phurba 10¼ inches (26.5 cm)

Rare Antique Himalayan Tiger Phurba 9 ¼ inches (23.5 cm)

Rare Antique Himalayan Tiger Phurba 5¾ inches (23.5 cm)

Rare Pair of Antique Shaman Phurbas

Carved Wood Set of 2 Antique Shaman Phurbas

13 x 2¼ inches (33.5 x 6 cm) and 12½ x 1½  inches (32 x 4 cm)

Shamanic Ceremonial Horseman Phurba

Carved Wood Ceremonial Horseman Phurba

Length 14 x Width 3 ¼ x Depth 1 ¼ inches

(L35.5 x W8 x D3 cm)

Rare Sacred Antique Himalayan Shaman Phurba

Antique Himalayan Shaman Phurba (8¾ inches/22 cm)