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A Tibetan Bumpa (also spelled 'Boompa') is a ritual ewer used in Buddhist rituals, and is believed to be the vessel for the expanse of the universe. Often known as the "vase of inexhaustible treasures," it is symbolic of the inexhaustible riches of Buddhist teachings. This incredibly rare piece is made with two human calvariums, or Kapalas, that were collected at "sky burial" sites; an ancient Tibetan custom in which the bodies of dead monks are dismembered and scattered over open ground to give "alms to the birds." This ritual carries great religious significance, reinforcing the principle of Samsara, the cycle of repeated birth, mundane existence, and dying again. This fascinating piece is an example of master craftsmanship, and is surely an impressive specimen in marvelous condition. This functional ewer is made with Tibetan copper, and has a stone set in the top of the handle, as well as a piece of turquoise set in the spout. This museum-quality Bumpa is truly one-of-a-kind, and would be a sensational centerpiece to any collection.


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Tantric Tibetan Bumpa, Ritual Ewer

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