Posts Tagged ‘sculpture’


Ecce Animal – Diddo

August 16, 2014

I am going to assume that you were not all totally asleep like I was and missed this one… or maybe it wasn’t reported in the Southern Hemisphere… but this skull is made out of cocaine!

While the sound of it does give me mental images of Dr Rockso (if you haven’t watched Metalocalypse please do, you are missing out) the skull itself is really much less vulgar than the rock’n’roll clown is making me picture.


Dr Rockso – he does cocaine.

In fact, it is really quite beautiful. The piece is really well proportioned considering it is made of an illegal substance. It has very well defined ramus of the mandible and angular zygomatic bones.

He sure is pretty (we’re calling it a him because of his wide, square jaw)!

The artist Diddo has it listed on his website as a commissioned piece so your chances of seeing it in person are pretty slim. We can only hope it has taken pride of place in someone’s collection and hasn’t accidentally been snorted.


For Heaven’s Sake

July 11, 2012

A while ago we asked on twitter what/who your favourite skull is.  One suggestion from fellow art lovers/creators and twitter followers Dizbe was the Damien Hirst diamond encrusted human skull- “For the love of God”.  Being quite the famous skull, we had heard of him/her/it before, but thought we would do a bit of net wading to see what else we could find out.  What we found…. was a whole different skull!

Enter Damien Hirsts new(er) skull, “For heaven’s sake”!

So we aren’t ignoring Dizbe’s suggestion, we will be revisiting “for the love of God” later, as well as some of Damien Hirsts other skull offerings (of which there is many (he is clearly a fellow Craniophile)) but we fell instantly in love with this little guy and couldn’t resist sharing him straight away.

So cute!  and what better way to highlight craniofacial anatomy that with the proverbial girls best friend!

The bony regions of this little chaps skull are covered in no less than 7105 pink diamonds- the largest bit you can see in the middle of this pic is the parietal bone.   The wonderful white diamonds are adorning the sutures and fontanelles (fibrous regions between growing boney areas of a babies skull).

There was some fairly unfriendly foofaraw regarding the use of the infant skull for this sparkling installation.  As confirmed on the Damien Hirst website, this is not a genuine infant skull, but rather a platinum cast of one.  We are assured that no babies were harmed in the making of this art.


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!



SKULL APPRECIATION DAY (week)!! Day 2- Courts and Hackett

June 5, 2012

For day 2 of our skull appreciation day (week) we have a suggestion from one of our very first Craniophiles fans- Joe.

Joe has suggested that we add the Courts and Hackett rings to our 7 best skull things for Skull appreciation day (week) and we couldn’t agree more!  These rings are not your average skull rings, rather they are beautifully crafted and…. anatomically correct!  WOOO.  Famous for the ring that adorns the finger of (now aging) rocker Keith Richards, they have recently added a new ring to their collection.

The Keith Richards ring has an interesting backstory which you can read here

and the new ring has visible coronal sutures (across the head like a headband), a nice pair of infraorbital foramen (on the cheeks) and teeth any dentist would be proud of!

If you like it then you should have put a ring on it… we mean bought a ring for it… we mean you can buy your very own piece of Courts and Hackett Skull ringabilia here!  I think we might have to jump on and order one, thanks for the suggestion Joe!


UK and Italy skull travel tips!

May 24, 2012

This post is inspired by (and in answer to) a question we recently received on facebook.  If you havent followed us on there yet you can find us here… and the question thanks to fellow Craniophile Melissa (identity partly protected!)…

Of course we can Melissa!  There is freaking heaps!   Our list is by no means exhaustive, just a taste- so here goes:


1)  Wellcome Collection- Head here to see an engraved human phrenology skull, pictures of skulls, Roman skulls and trepanned skulls…  and it is free!  WIN!

2)  British musuem- Here you can see a crystal skull, skull fossils, pictures of skulls, animal skulls, human skulls, squished skulls- and our buddy down here… our close personal friend Tezcatlipoca, an Aztec God, complete with teeth!  WOO.

3)  Hunterian Museum- You’ll find this one at the Royal College of Surgeons (a cool place in itself).  It is essentially a surgical/medical museum so you will see a variety of historical medical bits and bobs, and of course- plenty of bones and skulls, including this guy who has crossed the boundry between creepy into pure awesome!  He did the reddit rounds not long ago so redditers might recognise him!

4)  Camden Markets- If you are getting sick of museums (surely not possible but just in case) check out the Camden Markets.  You might not find any genuine human skulls, but you will find plenty of cool clothes and accessories adorned with our favourite emblem!


1)  Any of the cemeteries… particularly Greyfriars Kirkyard.  The headstones are all adorned with awesome imagery, from memory the skulls represent something to do with the plague….

2)  National museum Scotland- a general museum but with some really awesome bits and pieces, including (not skull related but very cool) Dolly the sheep.

3)  Ghost Tour- not a place to see but a thing to do, Edinburgh has a heap of really fascinating ghost tours.  They will take you to see all the good skulls on tombs/stones which we mentioned earlier, as well as a few other ghostly and gruesome sights.  There are a few and they are easy to find as they generally have spruikers along the Royal Mile.


1)  Capuchin Crypt- This place is quite literally bursting at the seams with skulls- so much so that the pathway they have for you to walk along and look gets pretty congested, but its worth taking the time to go.  Bones of former monks are lining the walls and often modelled into scenes that give moral lessons.  A reminder of a time when skulls weren’t gross and death was celebrated rather than mourned, this place is a must go.  You got that Melissa?  Not a maybe, a must.

2) Catacombs- Some are not actually in Rome but a little bit out, there are tour buses that will take you there and get you entry to the catacombs as part of the tour.  The underground catacombs are like a maze and in some parts they are downright scary.  Its fascinating to see how small the holes for the bodies are- oh how we have grown!

3) Any of the Basilicas/churches- You will find a lot of imagery of death in most of the Basilicas around Rome, and if you look closely you will find some awesome skull statues/paintings hidden away.  A couple of our favourites are the floor releifs at the Santa Maria della Vittoria- also home to the famous Bernini statue ‘Ecstasy of St Teresa’.

Very sorry if this post is tl;dr but the combination of skulls and travel gets us very VERY excited here at Craniophiles!  If any one has any suggestions for Melissa or any other skull related travel tips or stories please share!