The outside of the skullcap has been carved with magical symbols and a tantric square, and on overlaid bird has been added as well. A very nice and unusual piece. It was cut from the parietal portion of the skull.
This antique kapala originally came form the Shan people 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. Because they are cut from the crown of the skull, this type of kapala is typically 4 to 4 1/2″ in size.
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