Kapala – skull cup vessel
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ABR 061

 Code: ABR 061

  Country: Tibet


  Date: 1800 - 1900

  Dimensions in cm WxHxD: 13.5 x 6 x 17.2

  Materials: Human bone


The kapala or skull cup is a ritual object frequently encountered in Vajrayana Buddhism. It is an attribute of wrathful or semi-wrathful deities, of dakinis, yogis and mahasiddhas, who use it to contain or drink ritual substances (alcohol, medical nectar or blood).