This wonderful antique kapala has a powerful presence and vibrant quality. It is believed to have come out of Tibet or the Himalayas. It is unusual in that it has three or four very small holes seen at the base and they run completely though to the other side. It also has additional holes towards the rim which show that it was probably once lined with metal. This may also indicate that it was an important and highly valued kapala.
When filled with liquid the liquid escapes from the holes at the very bottom of the kapala. These holes (which can also be seen on the top side of the kapala) look like they are naturally formed. Only the small holes towards the rim appear to have been drilled and this was most likely done to secure a metal lining of copper or silver. It would have looked similar to the British Museum piece shown here. For some reason the lining was removed long ago and it is offered here in this 'as found' condition.
If the kapala is lined with beeswax or alternatively lined with silver or copper it would still be very suitable for holding liquid. Antique kapalas are now incredibly hard to come by and so this is an excellent opportunity to own an authentic example.
Private European collection
Condition: Mostly very good with small holes as shown and very minor niks at the top of the rim. With naturally inherent surface fissures.
Age: 19th or early 20th C
length 17.6 cms
Width 14 cms
Depth 6 cms