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From the nasals to the braincase, every surface of this domestic dog skull has been painstakingly engraved with spiraling, labyrinthine lines.

I do not ship bones outside of the United States. I am very sorry, but I cannot make exceptions.

This beautiful artefact would be a perfect gift for the nature lover, the bone collector, or any appreciator of curiosities. It would make a lovely addition to any altar or wunderkammer, or a dark but dignified memento mori for a sheltered study or library shelf.

The skull comes complete with lower jaw and measures 7.6 inches (19.3 cm) from front to back and 4.6 inches (11.7 cm) across the cheekbones. It was professionally cleaned and whitened by the incredible folks at Skulls Unlimited.

Few skulls are perfect, so I try to be as direct and honest as possible describing any imperfections.

This skull is very sound and all teeth are present and in excellent condition. The only damage to this skull is a clean cut made through the occipital condyles (two little round protrusions on either side of the opening where the spine travels into the braincase). I have included a picture of this area so that you can see for yourself that this is not something you would notice on casual examination. It is not visible at all when the skull is displayed on a surface.

Though this skull has been professionally cleaned and whitened and should retain its color fairly well, as time passes you may find that the white bone darkens to an ivory cream color. This is a result of the residual oils present in all bones migrating to the surface. This gradual color change is part of the appeal of real bone.

I don't like to use sealers which change the way that bones look and feel, so I have protected this skull with a layer of museum-grade microcrystalline wax that changes neither texture nor sheen. This will help protect the outer surfaces from moisture and repel dust, though it should still be stored carefully.

Cleaned, dried bones are not as tough as living bones. They are fragile and should be handled with care and respect. When you lift them, support their weight fully from below. Do not pick up a skull by the cheekbone or in a way that puts pressure on the nasals. Do not display them in direct sunlight, in humid areas, or in any location where frequent changes of temperature occur. Respect and care will extend the second life of your skull and prolong and preserve its strength and beauty for many years.

No animals were killed solely to obtain the parts I use! I use real bone because I greatly value and deeply respect the connection it provides to the actual animal. I obtain my bones from ethical, professional sources. This increases the price, but it also increases the quality, and the investment is worth it. As I have said, this skull was supplied by the fine people at Skulls Unlimited. In the case of skulls of domesticated dogs and cats, the skulls were taken from road casualties or animals which were euthanized humanely, and which would ordinarily have been disposed of as waste.

I believe that making something beautiful out of the remains of animals that have come to a sad end honors their sacrifice and encourages us to respect the beauty and fragility of all animal life.

I ship all skulls very carefully and securely wrapped in bubble wrap. Because these are expensive items, and because standard tracking and delivery confirmation has proven to be unreliable, I ship all skulls via USPS Priority Mail, with signature tracking. You will need to sign for this when it comes.

Engraved Dog Skull - Real Bone Curio for Cabinet of Curiosities or Wunderkammer


  • Materials: bone, real bone
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