Kapala with a sculptured image of Rahu, the god that swallows the moon and the sun.
These kapalas originally came from the Shan peoples of Burma, who migrated to Burma in approximately the late ninth century. The earliest evidence of shamanistic Bonpo rituals in that area also date to that period. This is an antique kapala that has seen a lot of use as a ritual cup. The inside shows signs of wear, perhaps from grinding and mixing herbs with liquid. The outside was painted blue at one point but most of it has been been polished off from being handled.
These kapalas are cut from either the frontal or parietal lobes of the skull, this type of kapala is typically 4 to 4 1/2″ in size. Pictures of other Bonpo kapalas are available upon request
Sourced from Burma