A ¨Kapala¨ (Sanskrit for "skull") or cranial cup is a cup made in the shapes of a monkey's head that is used as a ritual implement (bowl) in both Hindu Tantra and Buddhist Tantra (Vajrayana). Especially in Tibet, they were often elaborately carved or assembled with precious metals and jewels.
Many of the Vajrayana deities, including Mahasiddhas, Dakinis, and Dharmapalas, are depicted carrying the Kapala, usually in their left hand. Some deities such as the Hindu Chinnamasta and the related Buddhist Vajrayogini are depicted drinking Kapala blood.
Curious piece made on river turtle shell, with Tibetan silver inlays, it is very elaborated.
It is double packed for a greater safety and for this reason shipping is a bit more expensive, given the special handling for the product.
- Tibetan-style Ritual Mask on Chaco Tortoise Carapace
- Scientific Name
- Chelonoidis chilensis
- CITES relevancy
- CITES Appendix II - Annex B in the EU
- 12×16×24 cm
- 440 g