The Richard Harris collection of skulls is crowded with real skulls and interpretation of skulls by artists, preserved from ancient to modern times. Some have educational functions, while others are ritual objects or works of art. All of them remind the viewer of what potent images the skull and skeleton have always been for human audiences.
Here are some real human skulls.
Ancient Aymara Bound Skull ..
16th century human skull / Titicaca Region..
This ancient Peruvian skull exhibits an Aymara type deformation, caused by bindying the head of the individual while young. The reason for the practise of cranial deformation is believed to be cosmetic and is associated with physical menifestation of high social status.
Ancient trephined Skull..
Pre-Columbian / 16th century human skull
with brown patina..
Trephination consists of making a series of incisions in the skull to remove a portion of bone. Trephined human skull fossils date as far back as 10,000 years. This is thought to have been performed to relieve pressure caused by the binding process or to allow access to the brain.