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Kapala (Skull Cup)



Silver, bone

3 in. x 6 3/4 in. x 4 5/8 in. (7.62 cm x 17.15 cm x 11.75 cm)

Bryn Mawr College
Accession Number: 2000.7.59
Geography: Possibly Asia, Possibly Tibet
Classification: Containers and Vessels

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  • bone - The rigid, calcareous material that is white in color and forms the skeleton of vertebrates; primarily composed of calcium hydroxyapatite with smaller amounts of calcium carbonate, calcium fluoride, magnesium phosphate, and ossein, a high molecular weight protein. Bones have a concentric structure with central lymphatic canals surrounded by a spongy lamellar region protected by a dense outer cortex. Bone has been carved and used since ancient times for many purposes, including fish-hooks, spear heads, needles, handles, and art objects. Bones were also burnt to produce bone black and boiled to produce bone glue. Bone can be distinguished from ivory by being generally whiter, more porous, and less dense.
  • containers - Receptacles or formed or flexible coverings designed to hold, store, or ship objects or substances.
  • cups - Open bowl-shaped vessels, used chiefly for drinking, often having one handle, but sometimes two handles or none, generally on a low foot-ring; also includes similar bowl-shaped vessels, generally without handles, resting on a stem and supported by a spreading foot. Occasionally made with a lid.
  • metal - Any of a large group of substances that typically show a characteristic luster, are good conductors of electricity and heat, are opaque, can be fused, and are usually malleable or ductile.
  • ritual objects - Objects used for a particular ritual activity, often as part of a ceremony.
  • ritual vessels - Vessels used for one or more particular ritual activities, often for sacrificial offerings or consumption of food and wine as part of a ceremony. In some disciplines, this term is preferred over the slightly less descriptive "ceremonial vessels," but in other disciplines the meanings overlap and the distinction is moot.
  • skulls - Bony framework of the head, enclosing the brain and supporting the face.
  • vessels - Containers designed to serve as receptacles for a liquid or other substance, usually those of circular section and made of some durable material; especially containers of this nature in domestic use, employed in connection with the preparation or serving of food or drink, and usually of a size suitable for carrying by hand.

Exhibition List
This object was included in the following exhibitions:
  • A Curious Group; a cabinet of curiosities Bryn Mawr College , Apr 4, 2014 – Jun 30, 2014
  • Silver: Reflecting the Ages Bryn Mawr College , Sep 27, 2002 – Dec 27, 2002
  • Selected Works of Art, Archaeology, Ethnography and Decorative Arts from the College's Collections Bryn Mawr College , Feb 20, 2002 – Feb 24, 2002

Bibliography List
The following Bibliography exist for this object:
  • Carrie Robbins and Nathanael Roesch. A Curious Group. Bryn Mawr College. Bryn Mawr, PA, April 4–June 1, 2014
    Figure Number: Fauna 6

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