Place of Origin: Tibet
Date: 17th -18th Century
Overall Length: 120mm (4 ¾ Inches)
Originally, this iron hook, probably dating from the 17th or 18th century, would have accompanied a rope noose (or pāśa in Sanskrit) to form a Tibetan ritual object used to capture harmful spirits. The ring and main surface of the hook are inlaid with stylised flames in gold and silver, the faceted moulding that attaches them inlaid with four-petalled flowerheads in gold.
A ferrule preserved in the Metropolitan Museum of Art (Accession Number 1999.256a, b) and also dating to the 17th-18th century is remarkably similar in both construction and decoration, and helps to contextualise the present piece.
 See Michael Henss (2020), Buddhist Ritual Art of Tibet: A Handbook on Ceremonial Objects and Furnishings in the Tibetan Temple, Arnoldsche Art Publishers, p.220.
 For a discussion see Donald LaRocca (2006), Warriors of the Himalayas: Rediscovering the Arms and Armour of Tibet, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, p.179, No. 82.