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  29. Fire Mecha. Tibet, 19th Century. Blade is 5" (12 cm.) wide, blade to handle is 4" (10 cm), leather strap is 8" (20 cm.) long. Mecha is the Tibetan word for fire object. The leather purse is made to hold a flint piece and some burnable fluff. The flint is struck against the iron blade, making a spark which is caught in the fluff. Decorated with heavy white metal and brass and a coral stone. A brass Bhairab guards the top. The mecha hangs from a long leather strap. $250.


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