Bowl made from a human skull on a bras stand, Tibetan, 18th-19th century.

 
Bowl made from a human skull on a bras stand, Tibetan, 18th-19th century.
4 0 c m
 
30cm
actual image size: 22cm x 32cm

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In Tibetan religion, the soul is considered to leave the body after death. The physical remains are commonly disposed of above the earth in sky burials. The flesh is left out for vultures and wild dogs to devour, and the bones either ground down or used in the making of everyday objects, such as bowls.

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