Mitchell-Hedges Crystal Skull of Doom

The crystal skull of doom was allegedly discovered by 17-year-old Anna Mitchell-Hedges in 1924 or 1927 while accompanying her adoptive father on an excavation of the ancient Mayan city of Lubaantun in Belize, where Mitchell-Hedges believed he would find the ruins of Atlantis.

Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull of doom

Besides some minor anomalies in the temples and cheekbones, the Mitchell-Hedges crystal skull is an anatomically correct replica of a human skull. The cranium and mandible are believed to have been carved from the same solid block of quartz crystal. A study of the skull by Hewlett-Packard in 1970 revealed it had been carved against the natural axis of the crystal, which typically leads to the crystal shattering even with the most high-tech cutting techniques.

HP also could not find any microscopic scratches on the crystal, leading to the conclusion the skull must have been roughly hewn with diamonds, then meticulously detailed with a gentle solution of silicon sand and water. This process would have taken upwards of 300 years in man-hours to complete.

Though there are some theories relating to the Mayan Long Count calendar prediction of the end of the world December 21st, 2012 and thirteen crystal skulls, as well as the theory that the skull was used in ceremonies to invoke a presence of gods through motion and the channeling of light into the eye sockets, the crystal skull’s purpose and origins remain a mystery.

Clay Sculptures by Ronit Baranga

Strange clay and porcelain sculptures by Israeli artist Ronit Baranga.

The use of fingers and mouths in my work is full of intent and meaning. The fingers and the mouth are very sensual organs in the human body and are therefore very powerful as separated items from it. The ‘seamless’ combination of these organs in plates or cups, appearing as one, creates, in my opinion, new items that “feel” their environment and respond to it.” – Ronit

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Release Me Sculpture by Rob Reysen

Rob Reysen of Lake View Taxidermy sculpted “Release Me” from clay, animal parts and a 250-year-old human skull.

The final pieces are high-quality cold cast bronze.

Besides his highly detailed and finely crafted taxidermy, Rob also specializes is custom Halloween decorations, horror props and life casts. For more info or to purchase Release Me contact Rob at [email protected]

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The Anatomical Collages of Juan Gatti

Argentinian artist Juan Gatti began collaborating with film director Pedro Almodovar in 1988, which eventually inspired the “Ciencias Naturales” series.

Exploded Hand X-ray

X-ray of exploded hand

X-ray of a hand which was holding an explosive when the device detonated.