How were they born?
When I was about 10 years old, I went to the Los Angeles County Museum of Art and there I saw a ceremonial skull decorated with stones and shells. I was transfixed! I couldn't take my eyes off it and never forgot it. At that time, all I wanted to do was get a skull of my own and decorate it too!
Fast forward to my journey as a Priestess where I learned how important our Ancestors are and how to honor an them. Throughout history across diverse cultures, many remembered their dead by decorating their skulls, creating memorial figures or death masks, setting aside space in their homes to place mementos, photos, jewelry, tools, articles of clothing, paintings and more to remember their loved ones who had died.
As part of my sacred arts creations for Divining Arts, I made my Ancestor Skulls for rituals and they were received with great acclaim , so I proceeded to be commissioned for many pieces.
In 2017, I was invited to participate in an exhibition at the Nottingham Gallery in Newport Beach, CA and I made a body of 35 Ancestor Skull- each unique.
My process was to create sacred space and channel or rather invite the persona of each unique skull to be born and boy did they come! The showing was a great success and most of them sold. Now you can get your own customized Ancestor Skull or choose from those limited few still in our inventory on this site.
Pre-Columbian ,Mexico, Western Oaxaca or Puebla, Mixteca-Puebla Style
Mosaic Skull, 1400-1521
Bone/ivory/horn/shell/bamboo, Human skull with turquoise, jadeite, and shell