i was a bit suspicious of its authenticity at first, but apparently this is totally legitimate, it is something people actually did with human skulls just a few centuries ago (the original source—at least, what i think is the original source—says this skull is only about 300 years old). most of the other skulls that turn up on image searches are less intricate than this one but still have the same carvings on the mandible. a more common variation of skull carving is the kapala, which is only the cranium; if the skulls used for these works of art are sky burial remains it makes sense that whole skull carvings or rare because the mandible may be lost in a lot of cases.
whether or not this is a true antique or not though doesn’t matter much tho because it’s rad either way
This astonishing sculpture forms part of Barcelona’s Poblenou Cemetery. The Kiss of Death (El Petó de la Mort in Catalan and El beso de la muerte in Spanish) dates back to 1930. A winged skeleton bestows a kiss on the lips of a handsome young man: is it ecstasy on his face or resignation? Little wonder the sculpture elicits strong and varying responses from whoever gazes upon it.