The word "Kapala" is a Sanskrit term meaning 'skull, bowl, or vessel,' and is a highly decorated human skull. It serves as a ritual libation vessel in both Hindu and Buddhist Tantra for a vast number of Vajrayana deities. They are typically carved and/or embellished with elaborately mounted jewels, stones, and precious metals. Kapalas are made from human skulls that have been 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 ascent of the soul to be reincarnated in the circle of life.


This Tibetan Kapala Skull Cup is made from a human calvarium. It has been expertly decorated with a bi-metal design that has been inlaid into the bone. It is a fascinating example of master craftsmanship, and is truly an impressive work of art. This Kapala is in superb condition, and would be a stunning addition to any collection.


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Tibetan Kapala Skull Cup, Metal Inlay

$2,200.00 Regular Price
$1,495.00Sale Price