Ceramic Sugar Skull

£11.99

These Ceramic Sugar Skulls are lovingly hand-painted in Mexico by a talented Huichol artisan, showcasing exquisite artistry and attention to detail. Each skull is adorned with captivating designs featuring tropical birds and an array of colourful flowers, making it a unique and visually stunning addition to your decor. Embrace the spirit of tradition and craftsmanship with these charming ceramic sugar skulls, perfect for bringing a touch of Mexican flair to any space.

Adorned with tropical birds and a kaleidoscope of flowers, they are more than mere decorations – they are symbolic gateways between the realms of the living and the departed. As you explore their intricate designs, you’ll find a tale woven through time, echoing the ancient practices of Mesoamerican societies.

Gift them to your loved ones here and beyond, and let the vibrant colours and intricate designs tell stories that transcend time.

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Sugar Skull

Initially, the skull held profound significance as it graced wooden tzompantlis, showcasing the skulls of war prisoners and sacrifices. A homage to Mictlantecuhtli, the god of the underworld, these skulls ensured a safe passage for the departed souls. Over time, this ancient practice metamorphosed into the delightful alfeñique – a moldable concoction of sugar, hot water, and lemon, brought to life by artisans' skilled hands.

Sugar Skulls, available in an array of sizes, transcend mere confections. Each size signifies a poignant connection; the smaller ones embody the innocence of children, while the larger counterparts pay tribute to the wisdom of adults and elders.

Placing an adorned sugar skull on an altar is a profound act, bridging the gap between the tangible and the spiritual. The vibrant hues and intricate details celebrate life rather than an embrace of gloom, mirroring the lively spirit of Día de Muertos.

Dia de los Muertos, or the Day of the Dead, unfolds as a unique two-day celebration that serves as a poignant reunion between the realms of the living and the departed. Families, in a heartfelt tribute to their loved ones who have journeyed beyond, meticulously craft ofrendas, also known as offerings. These altars, adorned with the vibrant hues of bright yellow marigold flowers, witness a kaleidoscope of memories.

The ofrendas become sanctuaries, holding treasured photographs of the departed and their favourite foods and drinks. This distinctive celebration stands apart from conventional holidays, as mourning gracefully transforms into a joyous celebration of death and life. The offerings, conceived with love and nostalgia, are believed to beckon the souls of the departed back to the realm of the living. The departed souls, enticed by the familiar scents of their favourite dishes and the heartfelt prayers of their kin, seamlessly join in the jubilant festivities.

 

SKULL SIZE: Height: 2 1/4 inches (5.5cm) – base to top of skull Width: 2 1/4 inches (5.5cm) – ear to ear Depth: 3 inches (7cm) – chin to back of skull

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