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  • Spearhead, 17th–18th century
    Tibetan
    Iron, gold, and silver; L. 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm)
    Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2001 (2001.180)

    This spearhead was probably made for use by an oracle, or in another ceremony or ritual involving the propitiation of a deity, as indicated by its form and decoration, and particularly by the prominently placed word kyai, written in a Tibetan script. This symbol, known as a seed syllable, was sometimes used to invoke a deity in ritual contexts.

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  • Spearhead, 17th–18th century
    Tibetan
    Iron, gold, and silver; L. 18 1/4 in. (46.4 cm)
    Purchase, Arthur Ochs Sulzberger Gift, 2001 (2001.180)

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