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The skull cup (Kapala or Thod-pa) is used in tantric ritual practices to represent the transformation of delusion into perfect wisdom. The skull also symbolises Great Bliss and is a potent symbol of impermanence. Traditionally crafted from the human cranium it is one of the principal practice supports of the Tibetan Buddhist or Vajrayana yogin.

Today, it has become more difficult to source genuine human skull cups from the Himalayas and therefore a variety of replica skulls are often used as a substitute. This typically includes those made from carved crystal or from hand beaten copper and silver.

Below you will find a range of traditional style kapalas and metal stands to suit your personal practice needs.


We are always interested in purchasing genuine old Tibetan kapalas.
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HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL SKULL KAPALA
FINE HAND CRAFTED HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL SKULL KAPALA
Our Price: £395.00

A fine quality hand carved crystal skull kapala with additional carved skulls at the front. Crystal is considered to be very hygienic for holding liquids and is easily cleaned and is therefore perfect for regular offerings. Crystal also carries its own unique energy that many practitioners prefer as an alternative to human bone or metal.

length 5 inches
width 3.5 inches
depth 2 inches

Each piece is individually hand carved. The crystal displays natural inclusions inherent in the material.
Stand is not included.
HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL SKULL KAPALA
FINE HAND CRAFTED HIMALAYAN CRYSTAL SKULL KAPALA
Our Price: £295.00

A fine quality hand carved crystal skull kapala with additional carved skulls at the front. Crystal is considered to be very hygienic for holding liquids and is easily cleaned and is therefore perfect for regular offerings. Crystal also carries its own unique energy that many practitioners prefer as an alternative to human bone or metal.

length 4.2 inches
width 2.6 inches
depth 1.3 inches

Each piece is individually hand carved. The crystal displays natural inclusions which are inherent in the material.
Stand is not included.
Fine Kapala
FINE QUALITY SILVER, GILT & COPPER KAPALA
Our Price: £195.00

A beautiful hand crafted copper kapala that has been fire gilded with silver and 22 K gold.

Only the large size is currently in stock

Large
Height approx 15 cm
Length of silver dish approx 7.5 cm

Medium
Height approx 12.5 cm
Length of silver dish approx 6.5 cm
Silver Plated Kapala
SILVER PLATED COPPER KAPALA
Our Price: £115.00

A wonderful fully silver plated copper kapala with a border of smiling skulls. A wondeful size and perfect for ritual use.

length approx 16 cm
width approx 13.5 cm
depth approx 4 cm
hand crafted in Nepal.

Kapala stand is not included!
SILVER PLATED RESIN SKULL KAPALA
SILVER PLATED RESIN SKULL KAPALA - Finest Replica
Our Price: £125.00

A great looking resin kapala that closely resembles an authentic human skull in appearance. In fact it is incredibly difficult to tell them apart. Comes complete with sliver plated lining and a border of silver skulls.

length 7 inches width 5 inches depth 2 inches


SILVER PLATED RESIN SKULL KAPALA
SILVER PLATED RESIN SKULL KAPALA - Natural Colour
Our Price: £59.95

A great looking stonecast resin kapala. Comes complete with sliver plated lining and a border of silver skulls. The underside displays a double vajra and auspicious symbols.

length 6.5 inches width 5 inches depth 2 inches

The stand is not included.
SILVER PLATED RESIN SKULL KAPALA
SILVER PLATED RESIN SKULL KAPALA - Black
Our Price: £59.95

A great looking stonecast resin kapala. Comes complete with sliver plated lining and a border of silver skulls. The underside displays a double vajra and auspicious symbols.

length 6.5 inches width 5 inches depth 2 inches
Colour: Black

The stand is not included.
Antique Style Gilded Copper Kapala with Tripod
Antique Style Gilded Copper Kapala with Tripod
Our Price: £125.00

A fine copper kapala with matching stand. Displaying lovely detail and fire gilded highlights.

copper and 24K gold
length of kapala bowl 65 mm
width of kapala bowl 55 mm
height of kapala including tripod approx 140 mm
hand crafted in Nepal.
Antique Style Bronze Smiling Skull Kapala with feet
Antique Style Bronze Smiling Skull Kapala with feet
Our Price: £125.00

A delightful bronze kapala with skull feet. The actual kapala bowl and lid form the head and lower jaw of the skull. This can be seen more easily if the piece is turned upside down. There are seed syllables and a five prong vajra on the lid.

Material: Bronze
length of kapala bowl 65 mm
width of kapala bowl 55 mm
height of kapala including tripod approx 140 mm
hand crafted in Nepal.
Copper Kapala
FINE QUALITY ANTIQUE STYLE COPPER KAPALA - small
Our Price: £45.00

A lovely copper kapala. Based on an antique Tibetan design that our artisans in Nepal have reproduced. The lid displays a double dorje motif and the feet are stylised in the form of laughing skulls.  This is the smallest size kapala that we have in our inventory.

Height approx 6 cm length approx 4.5 cm
hand crafted in Nepal.
Brass Kapala with Tripod
Brass Kapala with Tripod
Our Price: £20.00

A brass alloy kapala with tripod.

length of kapala bowl 60 mm
width of kapala bowl 48 mm
height of kapala including tripod approx 110 mm
hand crafted in Nepal.
Small Brass Kapala with Raised Feet
Small Brass Kapala with Raised Feet
Our Price: £18.00

A small brass alloy kapala with lid and and raised skull feet.

length of kapala bowl 52 mm
width of kapala bowl 38 mm
height of kapala including feet and lid approx 58 mm
hand crafted in Nepal.
Brass Kapala with raised tripod and banners - Height 4.5 inches
Brass Kapala with raised tripod and banners - Height 4.5 inches
Our Price: £35.95

A medium size brass kapala with raised base and flanked by banners. The banners are an inner symbol of fanning the winds. Thus increasing the flames that boil the substances inside the kapala.

Hand crafted in Nepal.
length of kapala bowl 2.5 inches
width of kapala bowl 2 inches
height of kapala including tripod approx 4.5 inches

Small Brass Kapala with raised tripod and banners
Small Brass Kapala with raised tripod and banners
Our Price: £22.95

Smallest size in this style!

A great looking brass kapala with raised base and flanked by banners. The banners are an inner symbol of fanning the winds. Thus increasing the flames that boil the substances inside the kapala.

Hand crafted in Nepal.
length of kapala bowl 45 mm
width of kapala bowl 36 mm
height of kapala including tripod approx 3.5 inches

Copper Kapala with raised tripod and banners - Medium Size
Copper Kapala with raised tripod and banners - Medium Size
Our Price: £38.95

A medium size copper kapala with raised base and flanked by banners. The banners are an inner symbol of fanning the winds. Thus increasing the flames that boil the substances inside the kapala.

Hand crafted in Nepal.
length of kapala bowl 60 mm
width of kapala bowl 48 mm
height of kapala including tripod approx 4.4 inches

Small Copper Kapala with raised tripod and banners
Small Copper Kapala with raised tripod and banners
Our Price: £22.95

A great looking copper kapala with raised base and flanked by banners. The banners are an inner symbol of fanning the winds. Thus increasing the flames that boil the substances inside the kapala.

Hand crafted in Nepal.
length of kapala bowl 45 mm
width of kapala bowl 36 mm
height of kapala including tripod approx 3.5 inches

Small Brass Kapala with Raised Feet
Small Brass Kapala with Raised Feet
Our Price: £16.95

A small brass alloy kapala with lid and and raised skull feet.

length of kapala bowl 46 mm
width of kapala bowl 37 mm
height of kapala approx 57 mm
hand crafted in Nepal.
HIMALAYAN QUARTZ CRYSTAL KAPALA
HIMALAYAN QUARTZ CRYSTAL KAPALA
Our Price: £150.00

An amazing small size kapala hand carved from pure Himalayan quartz crystal.

Sourced in Nepal
approx length 70 mm
width 48 to 52 mm
depth 30.00 mm

Each piece contains natural inclusions inherent in the crystal.
HIMALAYAN QUARTZ CRYSTAL KAPALA
EXTRA LARGE HIMALAYAN QUARTZ CRYSTAL KAPALA - 8.25 inches

SOLD!

An amazing extra large size kapala that has been hand carved from pure Himalayan quartz crystal. This is the largest crystal kapala that we have ever seen for sale.

Sourced in Nepal
approx length 8.25 inches x 5.5 inches
weight 1.4 kg
KAPALA STAND
KAPALA STAND - 5.5 inches
Our Price: £59.95
Sale Price: £53.00
You save £6.95!

On sale!

A wonderful kapala stand based on a known antique design. Adjustable to fit kapalas with a size of more than 3.5 inches in length.

Material: Brass
Hand crafted in Nepal
height approx 140 mm

kapala is not included
KAPALA STAND
KAPALA STAND - 3.5 inches
Our Price: £49.95
Sale Price: £42.00
You save £7.95!

On sale!

This is the smallest stand in this style we currently have in our inventory. Adjustable to fit kapalas with a size of more than 3.5 inches in length.

Material: Brass Hand crafted in Nepal
height approx 90 mm

kapala is not included
KAPALA STAND
KAPALA STAND - 6 inches
Our Price: £59.95

A rare quality copper and brass kapala tripod that is based on a known antique design. Each piece displays vajra feet and a smiling skull design.

Adjustable to fit all sizes of kapala
Sourced in Nepal
height approx 160 mm (6 inches)
width approx 125 mm (5 inches)

kapala is not included
KAPALA STAND
KAPALA STAND - 8 inches
Our Price: £74.95

A rare quality copper and brass kapala tripod that is based on a known antique design. Each piece displays vajra feet and a smiling skull design. This is the largest size stand of this style that we have in our inventory. adjustable to fit all sizes of kapala

Hand crafted in Nepal
height approx 200 mm (8 inches)
width approx 125 mm (5 inches)
kapala is not included
Antique Style Kapala Stand - 6 inches
Antique Style Kapala Stand - 6 inches
Our Price: £89.95

Antique style brass kapala tripod/stand. Based on a known antique design.

Adjustable to fit all sizes of kapala
Sourced in Nepal
height approx 160 mm (6 inches)
width at widest point approx 125 mm (5 inches)

kapala is not included
KAPALA STAND
KAPALA STAND - 6 inches
Our Price: £59.95

A brass stand for a Kapala or skull cup.

Adjustable to fit all sizes of kapala
Hand crafted in Nepal
height approx 160 mm (6 inches)
width at widest approx 125 mm (5 inches)

kapala is not included
EXTRA LARGE KAPALA STAND - 9.6 inches
EXTRA LARGE KAPALA STAND - 9.6 inches
Our Price: £89.95

Our largest brass stand for a Kapala or skull cup.

Adjustable to fit all sizes of kapala
Hand crafted in Nepal
height approx 9.6 inches
width at widest approx 6.7 inches

kapala is not included