Made in Nepal Skull Cup (Tibetan Buddhist)

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The Skull Cup, a Tibetan Buddhist ritual item handcrafted in Nepal, is a symbol of transformation and spiritual awakening. It represents the impermanence of life and the willingness to embrace change. In Tibetan Buddhism, this cup is used for offerings and rituals. By using it, practitioners remind themselves of the transient nature of existence and the need to let go of attachments. Embrace this unique piece, and let it be a reminder of the profound wisdom and transformative power of Tibetan Buddhist traditions.

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Item Code: ZDF44
Copper Statue Gilded with 24 Karat Gold
Height: 5.9 inch
Width: 3.4 inch
Depth: 3.4 inch
Weight: 180 gm
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The skullcup (Sanskrit: kapal) has been indispensable in the rites of the Orient since time immemorial. Its use traces its origins in Hinduism, having evolved to hold great spiritual and aesthetic significance in present-day Buddhist practices. Carved out of the real human calveria, skullcups have been traditionally decked with gold and inlaid with precious stones in order to be used as a ritual implement.

Numberless Hindu deities are depicted with a skullcap in one of their numerous hands, often overflowing with the remains of the adharmee (enemy of dharm). Whose skull the cap has been fashioned out of does not matter from the Buddhist point of view, because death divests one's soul of all sorts of attachment, including attachment to the body.

How are Nepalese copper statues made?

Nepalese statues and sculptures are best known for their unique small religious figures and ritual paraphernalia for over two thousand years. These are mainly cast in copper alloy. Nepal draws influences from the artistic styles of Buddhism and Hinduism, and therefore the sculptors of the country specialize in making the icons of both these religions. Over the years, Nepalese sculptures evolved into their own distinctive iconography. Some characteristic features of these sculptures that differ from other pieces are exaggerated physical postures, youthful and sensual features, languid eyes, wider faces having serene expressions, and ornate flourishes. The Buddhist deity icons of Nepal have tremendous demand in countries such as China and Tibet for ritual purposes in their temples and monasteries.

Nepalese statues and sculptures have a high copper content and therefore develop a slightly reddish patina on the surface as they age. However, the most unique feature of Nepalese copper statues is their decorative detailing. The pieces are heavily gilded and sometimes inlaid with semi-precious stones. This embellishment protects them from getting tarnished. The traditional lost-wax method for casting Nepalese copper statues remains the most practiced technique in Nepal for many centuries. This process involves many steps and requires skilled artists.

The first step in lost-wax sculpting is to make a wax replica of the desired Buddhist deity to be cast in copper. This replica is created by hand and therefore needs excellent artistic skills otherwise fine features will be lacking.

Once the wax replica is made, it is then coated with a special mixture of clay with a brush. This layer of clay is hardened when left to dry. A small hole is made on the base of the wax mould so that the wax flows away when it is heated.
At this stage, a hollow mould in the shape of the deity is obtained.

This is the time to pour liquid copper into the hollow mould which is then allowed to cool and harden inside a container of cold water. When the liquid metal has hardened, the mould is removed and the statue within is revealed.
The artist works on the details of the statue using various tools. It is then polished to get a shiny and lustrous surface.

Now comes the most important part of Nepalese art which is gold gilding. This is done by the traditional fire gilding method. A mixture of mercury and 18K gold is applied on the surface of the statue and heat is applied using a flame torch. The result is that mercury evaporates along with impurities, leaving a pure 24K gold finish.

The lost-wax method of sculpting is the most preferred technique

for artists to cast a metallic statue having intricate details. Since Nepalese copper sculptures require extraneous effort for giving a majestic look by adding special embellishments, it takes several weeks to complete one masterpiece. A 24K gold gilded copper sculpture retains its brilliant luster for many years and appears as like before. Nepalese sculptures continue to remain one of the finest specimens of the art of the East that have a strong aesthetic appeal that other sculptures cannot match.
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