Image: Carved bone apron, detail

Carved bone apron, detail

Carved bone apron, Ieng-Gye-Gompa Temple, Lhasa, Tibet. Acquired 1914. Believed to be made from human bone.

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Notes

In Tibet, imagery of skeletons and the use of human bones and skin in key rituals help to dispel fear about death. In the past, human femur (thigh bone) trumpets and skull drums were used for creating the necessary sounds during important rituals. These objects are ritual items which were used and worn by some Tibetan monks.

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