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c.1800s Tortoise Shell Himalayan Kapala Mask

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Regular price £550.00


A highly collectable tortoise shell kapal from Tibet. 

In Tibetan monasteries a kapala is used symbolically to hold bread or dough cakes, torma, and wine instead of blood and flesh as offerings to wrathful deities, such as the ferocious Dharmapāla ("defender of the faith"). The dough cakes are shaped to resemble human eyes, ears and tongues. The kapala is made in the form of a skull, specially collected and prepared. It is elaborately anointed and consecrated before use.

Decorated with skulls and a face in "white metal" usually a low grade silver. 


Good antique condition, appears to be missing a moustache and several of the smaller skulls from the outer edge. 


Max Length: 18cm
Max Width: 12cm
Max Height: 10cm

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Here at The Weird & Wonderful we have worked with natural history and wildlife stock for over 10 years. All of our products are sourced to the highest standards to ensure that they bring not only beauty, but education to your lives.

As with any responsible company that deals with the sale of natural history and wildlife we want to ensure that the pieces we sell do not have a negative impact on our natural environment. 

Our butterflies and insects are sourced through conversation farming efforts around the world, which backed by science are proven to not only be sustainably sourced but also can prevent deforestation of precious rainforests.

No insects are killed for the purpose of our frames.

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