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Sugar skulls

Contemporary Era, North America
To remind them of the brevity of life, and to remember the deceased, the pre-Columbian civilisations of Mexico would decorate their altars with human skulls. This practice disappeared after the Spanish Conquest, and was replaced by the confection of sugar calaveritas, which were first created in the area around Azcapotzalco in 1563.


  • Type: Food
  • Place of origin: Mexico
  • Materials and techniques: Colouring Paper Sugar
  • Date: circa 2000
  • Dimensions: 8 x 6 x 6 / 3 x 3 x 3 cm
  • Weight: 222 g
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