Himalayan Art Resources

Item: Ritual Object - Bowl, Scullcup

ཆོས་ཆས། 法器
(item no. 59968)
Origin Location Tibet
Date Range 1700 - 1799
Lineages Buddhist
Material Metal
Collection Private
Notes about the Central Figure

Classification: Object/Concept

Interpretation / Description

Skullcup Bowl: in Tibetan it is called a 'nang chu' meaning inner offering. There are generally two of these skull bowls placed side by side when in a smaller size. The larger skull bowl can sometimes replace an actual human skull used for wrathful Tantric ritual purposes.

Jeff Watt 4-2011

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