Tantric Human Full Skull Kapala in Polychrome

SKU: TS101.04 SOLD

Human Skull decorated with silver, brass, copper, coral and turquoise beads and fittings, painted top

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Description

Human Skull decorated with silver, brass, copper, coral and turquoise beads and fittings. This meditation piece is a reminder of the impermanence of life. Limited availability. Formerly they were were relatively easy to export from Nepal, as there weren’t explicit laws prohibiting export. However since Nepal has become a republic, laws have been passed that explicitly forbid export, although sometimes exceptions might be allowed in the case of a practising Buddhist.

These have been recently acquired from a collection. At a guess, this piece is 30-40 years old. It is nicely wrought and the bone has a very nice patina.  The top is hinged and opens to reveal the 8 Lucky Symbols and a Vajra. This piece is unusual in that the top (Calvariun) is painted in polychrome.

Current stock were acquired from an estate.