Lapidary and Bone-carving Art Items

Scull "Memento mori"

    Scull "Memento mori"

    South America

    the 20th century

    Quispe Aparicio, Luis Alberto

    Whale bone, obsidian, gold; carving, polishing

    Height 48.2 cm; scull diameter 40 cm


    Carved fossilized whale bone and obsidian skull. The artist's selection of fossil whale bone found on the California coast is a fortuitous one as the texture and color are very similar to the appearance of a human skull, it creates a modern day Memento mori. Raised on a polished obsidian circular base, with gold vermeil applied decoration.