Sedlec Ossuary

July 7, 2012

On a recent trip around the wonderful world we call the internet I found this:

Picture credit: Dellamorte & Co.

I have to say, it is the most moved and fascinated I have been by bone art for a while.  Possibly something to do with the imagery of an anchor?  Particularly since I am absolutely terrified of boats- death and boats go together perfectly in my mind…

This osteo-nautical treasure is housed in the Sedlec Ossuary, along with a host of other beautiful bone art.  The ossuary contains the bones of approximately 40,000 people- their fates sealed by wars, plagues and the occasional natural cause.  The majority of the bones, were available to the church as a result of the plague which swept through 1318 (how generous of it!).

The majority of this art was created in the 1800s by František Rint, with the centrepiece being a full chandelier- said to contain all 206 bones of the adult human body.  We would like to get there and have a closer look, and see if it really does!  Surely they cant have the incus, malleus and stapes (ear bones) but if they do then we are mighty impressed (more so!).

As with all things that catch our attention, skulls abound in this Czech Craniophile wonderland- too many to inspect over the net!

The Sedlec Ossuary is located about 100km out of Prague in the Czech Republic and is open to the public so you can head on down and meet these guys in person.  More info can be found on their site here…. and if you have been lucky enough to visit, please regale us with all your wonderful skull stories!


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