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Turtle shells are a favorite in Tibet

Tibetan turtle

Tibetan turtle

Q: I found this mask at a flea market in Belgium yesterday. Thing is that it’s REALLY well made and I’d like to know if it’s in any particular ancient style you know of.  Sam, 531

A: This is called a Kapala turtle mask and used for Tantric Buddhist ceremonies in the Himalayas or just for good luck in the home. They can be made of real turtle shells or wood. Look at the one in our India & Himalayas category.  B

Categories:   India & Himalayas

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