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c.1800s Tortoise Shell Himalayan Kapala Mask

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Regular price £550.00

About:

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. 

Condition:

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


Measurements:

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

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UK shipping is FREE on all orders*. Depending on the size of your parcel your we will either use Royal Mail Signed For or Parcelforec 24hr. 

*In the rare case a frame is too large or fragile to be sent via the post additional arrangements may have to be made. These larger items will have to be collected or a private courier arranged at the buyers expense. 

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Small parcels can be sent via parcelforce or royal mail. 
For larger items please contact us for a tailor made quote based on your location.

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