Tibetan-style Ritual Mask on Chaco Tortoise Carapace - - Chelonoidis chilensis - 12×16×24 cm

Description
Tibetan-style Ritual Mask on Chaco Tortoise Carapace - - Chelonoidis chilensis - 12×16×24 cm
1950 - Europe - CITES Appendix II - Annex B in the EU

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.

NOTE:
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.

Lot details
Specimen
Tibetan-style Ritual Mask on Chaco Tortoise Carapace
Object
-
Scientific Name
Chelonoidis chilensis
Origin
Europe
CITES relevancy
CITES Appendix II - Annex B in the EU
Condition
Preserved
Year
1950
Dimensions
12×16×24 cm
Weight
440 g
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