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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 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 kapalas and tripods to suit your personal practice needs.



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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 smiling skulls at the front.  Crystal is considered to be very hygienic and is easily cleaned, so is perfect for regular practice. 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.
Stand is not included.
Fine Kapala
FINE QUALITY SILVER, GILT & COPPER KAPALA

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

Two sizes to choose from.

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.
FINE QUALITY ANTIQUE STYLE COPPER KAPALA

SOLD OUT!

This is a fine quality dark oxidised copper kapala. Based on an antique Tibetan design that our artisans have reproduced. The lid displays a double dorje motif and the feet display stylised human skuls. Height approx 8 cm width approx 6 cm
FINE QUALITY ANTIQUE STYLE COPPER & GILT KAPALA

SOLD OUT!

This is a fine quality copper and gilt kapala. Based on an antique Tibetan design that our artisans have reproduced. The lid displays a double dorje motif and the feet are stylised human skuls. This is slightly larger than the kapala shown above.

Height approx 10 cm width approx 7 cm
hand crafted in Nepal.
Copper & Gilt Kapala
FINE QUALITY ANTIQUE STYLE COPPER & GILT KAPALA - small
Our Price: £49.95

A lovely copper and gilt kapala. Based on an antique Tibetan design that our artisans have reproduced. The gilded lid displays a double dorje motif and the gilded feet are stylised human 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.
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 have reproduced. The lid displays a double dorje motif and the feet are stylised human skuls.  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.
SMALL DARK COPPER KAPALA
SMALL DARK COPPER KAPALA
Our Price: £49.95

Another wonderful small dark copper kapala. The shape is slightly different from the other small kapalas in our inventory. Displays laughing skull feet and a vajra at the apex.

Hand crafted in Nepal
length 5 cm
width 3.8 cm
depth 1.7 cm
Small Brass Kapala with Tripod
Small Brass Kapala with Tripod
Our Price: £12.00

A small brass alloy kapala with tripod.

length of kapala bowl 46 mm
width of kapala bowl 36 mm
height of kapala including tripod approx 80 mm
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.
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
Our Price: £450.00

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

This is the largest 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 140 mm
kapala is not included
KAPALA STAND
KAPALA STAND - 3.5 inches
Our Price: £49.95

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
KAPALA STAND with Smiling Skulls
KAPALA STAND with Smiling Skulls
Our Price: £54.95

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

adjustable to fit all sizes of kapala
Hand crafted in Nepal
height approx 160 mm (4 inches)
width approx 125 mm (4 inches)
kapala is not included
Tsok Spoon
Tsok Spoon
Our Price: £18.00

A lovely spoon made from a conglomerate of silver, copper and brass.

approx 22 cm x 2.7 cm
Sourced in Nepal
Tsok Spoon
Tsok Spoon
Our Price: £18.00

A lovely silver plated spoon with a flaming norbu design at the apex.

approx 6 inches
Sourced in Nepal