Real Skulls [Richard Harris Collection]

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SKULL COLLECTION

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.

 

 

Pre-Columbian [16th century] / Ancient Incan Skull

Pre-Columbian [16th century] / Ancient Incan Skull

 

Titicaca Region [16th century]/ Ancient Aymaran bound skull

Titicaca Region [16th century]/ Ancient Aymaran bound skull

 

 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.

 

 

Unknown [18th century] / Death Ravages All

Unknown [18th century] / Death Ravages All

 

Pre-Columbian [18th century] / Ancient Trephined Skull

Pre-Columbian [18th century] / Ancient Trephined Skull

 

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.

 

Pre-Columbian [16th century] / Ancient Cradle Board Skull

Pre-Columbian [16th century] / Ancient Cradle Board Skull

 

 

 

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