Picking a bone \u2026.\nNot exactly any bone.\nBut a Kapala bone. A bone from the skull of a deceased Buddhist Lamaji. Under the assumption that his wisdom and powers will pass on to the next user!\nThis is an old practice in Tibet and bone objects of many types are used in ceremonies and\u00a0 rituals.\n***\nSo as I rummaged through pieces in a quarterly sorting exercise \u2013 trying to decide what to keep and what to let go of, I came across a string of meditation beads that I had bought without knowing much about it.I was attracted to it, the price was right and I bought it. I had assumed it was made of yak bone.\nToday while trying to understand it better and price it subsequently for sale, I looked up references and to my alarm and subsequent delight, I learned that the piece that I was holding was a Kapala Mala!!\nA string of beads with copper, brass, coral and turquoise embellishments strung together on leather \u2013 all had been rubbed down to smoothness by constant handling. The patina of the bone beads and the waxy grime spoke of years of handling. But I could never have guessed that the material was Kapala.\u00a0 And so I am enjoying the fact that my old friend serendipity is shining on me again!\n\n\n***\nHere\u00a0 is a crisp & interesting article on this category of art.\n\u00a0\n***\nLooking at comparative pieces elsewhere, I am reminded a poster I saw in an antique shop in Singapore \u201cSome fools buy, other fools sell\u201d.\nAm also convinced about my ignorance now and have realised that more than anyone else it is I that\u00a0needs the wisdom of the Kapala.\nSo instead of selling this work of art that is highly valued for the concept and the origin, I will now be using it \u2013 just like my elders used to a long time ago! Hopefully illumination will replace my ignorance through this little ritual.\n\u00a0\n\nMarch 2016\njm\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\n\u00a0\nThe post Picking a Bone \u2026 appeared first on The Art Blog by WOVENSOULS.COM.