The iron kapala damascened with silver with a crosshatch pattern, with a short inscription in Tibetan on the underside, covered with a fitted lid damascened with a scrolling lotus motif, below a raised dome in openwork surmounted by a half-vajra, all supported on a lotus-form base with three skull appliques
534in. (14.6 cm.) high
Spink & Son, Ltd., London, 10 May 1983.
The James and Marilynn Alsdorf Collection, Chicago, acquired prior to 1990.

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The underside of the present lot is inscribed mChod dPon or "shrine master" in Tibetan U-Chen script, indicating previous use in ritual context. It is likely that this would have been part of a large set for exclusive use by the shrine master.
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