Skull cup (kapala), human bone / silver / [pewter] / [tin], Tibet, maker unknown, 1900s
A skull cup (kapala) made from the upper half of a human skull. The dark brown surface of the skull is a little rough but well patinated. The cup is lined with either pewter or tin, and its outer edge is simply decorated with thirty nine small silver skulls. These vary slightly which indicates that they were individually moulded or embossed.