This creative woodwork skull carving is by Maskull Lasserre. We’ve featured a skull of his before where he carved a skull out of a book which had been clasped in a vice. The man is amazingly talented and you can see some of his other works here, which include carving skulls and skeletal systems out of wood.
Nickel carving originated in the 18th century and the coins themselves were referred to as Hobo Nickels – the name is derived from the great depression when unemployed artists spent their time carving these little pieces of art in the hope to make some extra money – there is even a Hobo Nickel Society!.
The craze really took off in the 20th century due to a softer metal being used to mint the coins known as Buffalo Nickel. There are many different coin designs and patterns from this era but we love these skull nickels the most, for obvious reasons!
Shared via the awesome blog – This is Colossal.
One of our previous posts showed some insane skull carvings on buffalo skulls available from Beachcomber (Yorkshire, England) has smashed out almost 200K Stumbles on StumbleUpon (not sure if that sentence is correct). Anyway, they are awesome.
We have posted a few times about these amazing carvings and have since come into contact with the actual artists from Bali from a company called Bali Organic Arts (FB Page). Below is some recent work and definitely some of their most intricate. There are also some nice process images how they take an already beautiful skull and elevate it to splendid beauty.
I will own one of these one day!
This coconut skull has found it’s way into the dark folds of the Skull Appreciation Society and we all welcome you. This fiendish mask-like skull was carved by skull nut (badum tish) Scott Middlehurst, a self taught artists hailing from Canada. Scott has made me aware that these skulls can be made available for purchase but do take a month to create from start to finish (includes getting the coconuts). If you dig this skull as much as we do then we recommend popping over to Scotts Facebook page (liking it of course) and get in touch with regards to pricing.
Hopefully we will see many more skull creations in the near future.
The Empire of Death by Paul Koudounaris is a must-have book for any skull lover. I was lucky enough to win this beautiful edition through another skull-themed website called Obsessed With Skulls. I actually received my signed copy around 16:30 on Christmas eve, and boy was I happy, as it turns out it was my best Christmas gift (but don’t tell my girlfriend that).
The Empire of Death is a cultural history of ossuaries and charnel houses. Paul Koudounaris takes us on a well-documented and beautifully illustrative tour of numerous tombs which are situated throughout Europe including famous sites such as the Catacombs of Paris, the Sedlec Ossuary and the crypt of Santa Maria della Concezione dei Cappuccini. The book actually got its name from the Catacombs in Paris where visitors are greeted with a sign telling them they are about to enter The Empire of Death.
Most of the tombs are covered top-to-bottom in skulls and bones, with the focus being human bone. These marvellously macabre surroundings are rather harrowing but intriguing too as they tell a story of religion, cultures, beliefs and views from different centuries past through architectural masterpieces.
Some of the images below have been taken from the book can also be bought as prints if you follow this link here.
Skeleton of Pancratius
Robed skeleton from Roman Cataccombs
Bavarian painted skulls (Dingolfing, Germany)
Capela dos Ossos (Alcantarilha, Portugal)
Mummified monk in the crypt of Santa Maria delle Concezione (Rome, Italy)
I have yet to finish it but so far it has blown my mind right out of my skull and back again. I would suggest getting yourself a copy now and get yourself educated on the interesting world of death.
This amazing sheep skull sculpture was created by the amazing Shane Wilson (featured on here before) and is definitely one of the best skull sculptures I have seen. This was a commissioned piece by a man who hunted the sheep (that does sound amusing) and you can even see one of the bullet holes on the right horn.
We love it when our fellow skull lovers send us their skulls. This post will feature a variety of skulls sent in by you – keep ‘em coming and we’ll keep posting the best and coolest skulls from around the world.
Third Eye Test Skull art by Martin Herbert
Death: A Self Portrait is an exhibition currently on show at the Welcome Collection in London and is from a collection of works from Richard Harris.
The exhibition has been running since November and will be closing its doors on the 24th February 2013 – I suggest going to see it; it’s free and full of skulls (not to forget loads of interesting information and history). See here for more details on Death: A Self Portrait.
The exhibition is one of the best that I have been too and contains a fantastically diverse collection of skulls, skeletons and anatomical art. The collection has been put together by Richard Harris and was inspired by anatomy in art, skulls and also death.
The collection comprises of around 1500 artworks and historical artefacts relating to death and Richard Harris started this collection in 2000 and is still collection works today. Harris has said: “As I get older the thought of my own demise has begun to enter my conscious thoughts. The universality of ‘Death,’ with the realisation that we will all die, encouraged me to begin the conversation of my mortality visually, rather than reading about it.”
You can see an interview below where he talks about the collection:
Just like Richard Harris, the exhibition also got me thinking of my own death – where will my skull be in a hundred years and what would I have done with it to not only enrich my life but also the lives of others.
All this time I have been drawn to skulls as objects for artistic expression but they are more than that. They represent our mortality, our life, past and present, and our imminent death. Initially when we started this blog posting skulls daily it was for enjoyment and to share our passion with you, but it’s more than that, it’s about celebrating life and death every day.
My favourite piece at the exhibition was this huge skull, Calavera from the Mondongo Collective (Argentina), plasticine on board, 2011; which is three-dimensional and and stands about 4 ft tall (rough guess). I have included the description from the Welcome Collection’s website below.
Calavera, Mondongo Collective (Argentina), plasticine on board, 2011
Argentinian collective Mondongo (the word for a traditional Argentinian tripe stew) assemble everyday things into irreverent three-dimensional collages. In this work, the economic and cultural dominance of Europe and the USA (represented by neoclassical architecture and Western literature) is seen to have radical consequences for South America (evoked by the villa miseria or shanty towns that are found close to Argentina’s largest cities). Copyright Mondongo Collective
Get on down to the Welcome Collection and explore death before it’s too late.
Tired of small paperweights? Then why not splash out on this hand carved skull made from bamboo leaf agate. It weighs about 2.8 kgs, is a one-off design and will burn a $1250.00 size hole in your pocket.
Can be purchased from Stone Age Sedona
These cute wood skulls (that’s what I said) are created from pine with a lid that uncovers a secret compartment. Well maybe not so secret but it’s still cool. I know what quite a few people would use this for.
Originally found on NOTCOT
These lovely, shiny and oh so large carved skulls are created by Thought and Memory and are sold on a first come, first serve basis and on that note of course they are sold out. Man, that Jaguar skull is amazingly carved from obsidian and based on a real casting of a Jaguar skull.
There is also a variety of carved Wolf skulls that look long, sleek and wicked. There is one caved from obsidian like the Jaguar skull but there are also versions carved from Brazilian Agate and Carnelian Agate.
They are beautiful.
I’ve seen quite a few variations of the cyborg skull and this is one of the more interesting ones. It’s been designed by Christopher Conte is expertly made and is extremely cool. You’ll generally see very generic cyborg skulls or those similar to the robots face from the Terminator series, but this skull is less menacing and is a thing of beauty.
I have taken this description from his website:
BioMechanical Bronze Skull, Version 1, 2006
Casted hand finished and machined bronze with stainless steel and aluminium components.
2.5″ x 3.5″ x 3.5″ (6.5cm x 9cm x 9cm) – Shown actual size
Photos: Amanda Dutton, Synesthesia Photo
These delicately cut-out skull paper sculptures have been created by Danish-born Peter Callesen. He creates a variety of work but we have decided to feature his skeleton/skull based works.
The sculptures have all been created using a blank A4 piece of paper, a medium most of us use on a daily basis and I guess that is one of the appealing factors about this art. He takes the mundane and ordinary and turns it into something simple yet magical. Sorry for sounding like a cliché but you can’t argue. The detail and skill to create these sculptures is another reason why these are so impressive. These are a great addition to the Skull Appreciation Society‘s wall. Thanks Peter!