the wrathful emanation of Avalokiteshvara
in Buddhist culture is a potent deity, whose divine guarding forces are
condensed in this exquisitely made copper Phurba or Phurpa from Nepal.
Hayagriva literally means “the horse-necked one”, and the artist has used a
horse head at the top of the Phurba to depict the deity’s association with this
imagery. The handle of the Phurpa has heads of Hayagriva with awe-inspiring
expressions placed on it, which extends into a dragon’s mouth, from which
emerges the blade.
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