Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Object of the day: Tibetan Buddhist Ritual Vessel

Tibetan Buddhist Ritual Vessel ‘Kapala’ 
(Tibet 1700 to 1900)
Bone, Silver, Coral, Turquoise
Description / Expertise 

A Tibetan Buddhist Ritual Vessel ‘Kapala’ the Human Cranium Mounted with a Silver Band Decorated with Four Silver Skulls set on panels etched with scrolling leaves and studded with turquoise. The interior with a central silver rosette studded with a section of red coral. Old smooth patination to the skull
The skull 17th Century, the silver mounts 19th Century

8.5cm high, 15.5cm wide, 19.5cm deep – 3¼ ins high, 6 ins wide, 7¾ ins wide

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