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Language: Tibetan


Gankyil means "wheel of joy". It is somewhat similar to the tàijítú (太极图) of Chinese philosophy, better known in the west as the yin-yang-symbol. The difference is that the gankyil has 3 or four swirls, as opposed to the two of the tàijítú. 

It is often described as representing the three sacred jewels: the Buddha, the Dharma, and the Sangha.

In the older Bon religion it denotes the three principal terma ("hidden teachings"); the "Northern Treasure" the "Central Treasure" and the "Southern Treasure".

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With a rare, finely forged double hairpin blade.


This kind of fine work is typical for Tibetan work of the 15th-16th centuries.


Made of iron, shaped as a gourd, with silver overlay.


A large Tibetan sword, known in the local language as dpa'dam.

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With iron, silver overlaid hilt. Its associated scabbard features fine quillwork.


Thought to have been presented by the Royal House of Nepal.