London, South Kensington
22 November 2016
A 'SACRED METAL' STAFF
TIBET, 19TH CENTURY OR EARLIER
In the form of a human leg bone, scratched twice with the initials 'D.J.'
45 ¼ in. (115 cm.) long
With Seward Kennedy, New York or London, 1971 or prior.
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A note accompanying the staff suggests that the initials 'D.J.' it may refer to Dorje Jigje (Yamantaka) Monastery, Tsaparang. Staffs such as this were apparently used by both Bon and Buddhist lamas during rituals.
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