Our skull themed gift and home decor items are perfect for people who have a curious interest in skulls and the skeleton, you may also be interested in Phrenology; the detailed study of the shape and size of the cranium. How curious are you?
It is believed that the English word "skull" comes from the Old Norse word "skulle". Cranium is a Latin word which comes from the Greek root κρανίον (kranion). There are 22 bones in the human skull (teeth are not part of this), and they are divided into the cranium (8 bones) and face (14 bones). You think of the skull as a solid structure, but it contains lots of small holes called foramina, these allow the passage of nerves and blood vessels throughout the face.
Many people are fascinated with skull imagery and symbolism. Throughout the years, skulls have been used as warnings (i.e poison/toxicity), art (e.g Vanitas or 'Memento Mori'/'Remember You Must Die' allegories), literature (e.g Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'), cultural celebrations (e.g the Mexican holiday, Day of the Dead) and War (Nazi SS insignia). Today, skulls continue to be used heavily in tattoo culture, fashion and in cutesy cartoons.