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  • Kenneth Chancellor

    Tibetan skull carving

  • Teresa Graham

    tibetan carved human skulls | Carved Tibetan skull - Imgur

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    Tibetan carved skull

  • Barbara Lowe

    A kapala (Sanskrit for “skull”) or skullcup is a cup made from a human skull used as a ritual implement (bowl) in both Hindu Tantra and Buddhist Tantra (Vajrayana). Especially in Tibet, they were often carved or elaborately mounted with precious metals and jewels. (via Asian Art Forums)

  • Leah Zani

    Antique carved Tibetan skull. Traditionally, bones of all types are carved.

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