Animal Skulls as Art – Two Treatments

When I was recently at the Fall 2021 Field + Supply Market in Kingston, NY, I noticed some animal skulls used as wall art collages, including the one below right. I tried to get info on all of the makers there, but hate to admit that I didn’t get the name of the artist who made this. At any rate, it made me think of the animal skulls I saw used for art purposes when I was in the Railyard Artisan Market in Santa Fe last summer – you can see a turquoise embellished piece below left.

animal skulls as art
Two cases of animal skulls used for wall art, seen in Santa Fe NM (left) and Kingston NY (right).

Both are interesting to me, but as I was looking at the pictures, there was something else that caught my attention. The set of animal skulls as wall art seen in Field + Supply (below left) had some interesting cracks or fractures when looked at up close (below right). I find it pretty fascinating how crooked and intricate these fractures are, if indeed that’s what they are. Has anyone seen this kind of thing before or have any knowledge you can share as to why these cracks look like this? If so, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.

artistic cracks in animal skulls
Are these intricate fractures in these animal skulls a natural occurrence?
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