Lot SC02

Old Tibetan Kapala Goat Ritual Skull





40 x 27 cm




silver | ram skull | brass | cooper

Available in Dubai

2.200 $


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«The Old Tibetan Kapala Goat Ritual Skull: An Exceptionally Rare and Profound Artifact»

Prepare to embark on a journey into the realms of ancient wisdom and sacred symbolism with our extraordinary offering—the Old Tibetan Kapala Goat Ritual Skull. This kapala, a profound ritual implement of great significance in both Hindu Tantra and Buddhist Tantra, stands as a rare and unparalleled find, adorned with intricate details in precious metals and jewels that elevate its value to an extraordinary level.

In the sacred tapestry of tantric Buddhist rituals, the Tibetan skull, known as Kapala or Thod-pa, holds a profound symbolism. It represents the transformative journey from delusion to perfect wisdom, signifying the attainment of Great Bliss, while also serving as a powerful reminder of the impermanence of all things. Traditionally crafted from sacred materials like monkey skulls, ram skulls, or tortoise shells, the kapala plays a central role as one of the principal practice supports for Tibetan Buddhists and Vajrayana yogins.

The kapala mask presented here is a masterpiece of intricate design, featuring mounts meticulously fashioned from precious metals, including silver, copper, and brass. Adorned with a generous array of jewels—four gracing the crown, two adorning the eyes, and two delicately placed on either side of the face—this mask stands as a testament to impeccable craftsmanship. The precious metals have been expertly shaped into revered symbols from both Hindu and Buddhist traditions, including lotus flowers, dragons, skulls, and other ornate decorations, each executed with exceptional attention to detail.

This kapala mask is not merely an artistic marvel; it embodies profound spiritual symbolism, encapsulating the essence of transformation, bliss, and the impermanence intrinsic to the Tibetan Buddhist tradition. It is a rare and exceptional artifact that transcends the realms of art and spirituality, making it a prized addition to any discerning collector’s treasure trove and an exquisite centerpiece for interior design, radiating an aura of ancient wisdom and sacred beauty.

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