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Vajra Flaying Knife

Date:
ca. 15th century
Culture:
Eastern Tibet, Derge
Medium:
Steel inlaid with gold and silver
Dimensions:
L. 22 11/16 in. (57.7 cm); W. 3 1/4 in. (8.3 cm)
Classification:
Metalwork
Credit Line:
Gift of Alexander Polsky, 1985
Accession Number:
1985.397
Not on view
This flaying knife is styled in the Indian manner, with a long, hooked steel blade for butchering and flaying. A vajra (thunderbolt scepter), symbol par excellence of Tibetan Vajrayana Buddhism, forms the handle. The steel blade issues from a wide-jawed sea monster (makara) hilt, finely damascened with gold and silver.
New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Art of the Himalayas," December 15, 2010–December 4, 2011.

New York. The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Sacred Traditions of the Himalayas," December 20, 2014–June 14, 2015.

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