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Pair Small Painted Panels Kapalas (skull cups)

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Pair Small Painted Panels Kapalas (skull cups)
Because of the subject matter we can assume these two small panels were once part of a thorgam, a Tibetan cabinet used specifically for making offerings to wrathful gods. Each features a skull cup (Tibetan: kapala) being supported by three severed heads, and holding offerings. Inside the cabinet would have been placed more offerings.

They have been varnished before they were cleaned, so they would be a challenge to restore to their original condition. Their strongest selling point is that they are artifacts from a genuinely rare piece of Tibetan culture, not a new Chinese imitation.

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