Kapālas are ritual skull-cups, originally crafted from human craniums and used by Indian religious ascetics as eating utensils. These days in Tibetan Buddhism, as a common ritual item for holding offerings, kapālas are often made from metals, and lately, even from resin. A typical Tibetan Buddhist kapāla consists of three parts: a lid with a half-vajra as handle, the skull-cup itself, and the base. The base represents a tripod of skulls wherein the flames of wisdom-fire are burning.

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