Image: Carved bone apron

Carved bone apron

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

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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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Tags Death Online, what happens after death, exposure, Tibetan, ritual, tradition,

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DeerhunterAP - 12.01 AM, 17 January 2010
I am interested in speaking with someone concerning human bone carvings. I possess a carving and would like to know more about it.

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