53CM X 76CM ORIGINAL HAND PAINTED UNFRAMED
A kapala (Sanskrit for "skull") or skullcup is a cup made from a human skull and used as a ritual implement in both Hindu Tantra and Buddhist Tantra (Vajrayana).
Especially in Tibet, they are often carved or elaborately mounted with precious metals and jewels.
Many of the deities of Vajrayana, including mahasiddhas, dakinis and dharmapalas, are depicted as carrying the kapala, usually in their left hand.
Some deities such as the Hindu Chinnamasta and the related Buddhist Vajrayogini are depicted as drinking blood from the kapala.