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NEW Skeleton Folk Art

Artisans all over Mexico love Day of the Dead because it's the busiest time of the year for them - taking all their calaveras & skeletons to the burgeoning open air markets or setting up at temporary arts & crafts festivals in front of the cemetery walls. Their joyous skulls and satirical skeleton scenes mock death and add color & fun to the family ofrendas. The family tradition is to buy little skeletons every year from the artisan vendors which they use to decorate their tombs & altars to delight the visiting muertos!

Check out our NEW Featured Arrivals & NEW Day of the Dead Gems

Fabiola Hand Painted Clay Skulls

5 awesome painted clay skulls to show relative sizes 7 colorful hand-painted clay skulls
Colorful, fun, detailed hand painted clay sugar skulls from Guanajuato, Mexico. No two alike! Votive tea lights fit under size 3, 4 and 5 and look great glowing on tabletops, & ofrendas or tomb stones.
Left to right - Size 5, 4, 3, 2, 1

Fabiola Painted Clay Skull

Size 2 » 2 1/4" tall x 3" deep

A5306 - $16 each

Large finely painted magenta clay skull 3 beautifully hand-painted clay skulls

Fabiola Painted Clay Skull

Size 4 » 4 1/2" tall x 5 1/2" deep x 5" wide

A5308 - $45 each

Fabiola Painted Clay Skull

Size 3 » 4" tall x 4" deep x 3 1/2" wide

A5307 - $30 each

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Open mouth skeleton couple dressed to go out - suit and hat for the guy, orange dress, shoes and hat for the gal Open mouth happy skeleton couple - woman with a red flower dress and purple hat, man with a white shirt, black pants and a hat Open mouth happy skeleton couple in traditional Mexican dress style

Big Mouth Glamorous Couple

Clay. 4" tall. Mexico

A5260 $26 each

Big Mouth Tehuana Couple

Clay. 4" tall. Mexico

A5257 $26 each

Big Mouth China Poblana Couple

Clay. 4" tall. Mexico

A5258 $26 each

Open mouth happy skeleton mariachi couple dressed in black with matching sombreros and necklaces. Skeleton sitting on a grave with a sugar skull on top and cross,  playing a guitar.

Big Mouth Mariachi Couple

Clay. 4" tall. Mexico

A5256 $26 each

Skeleton Serenade on Gravesite *

Clay. 3" long x 1.5" wide x 3" tall. Mexico

A5324 $16 each

Explore our awesome Skeleton Miniature Box Collection » 16 unique, handmade mini glass boxes, 2 below

Skeleton folk art is commonly used to adorn home altars but can also be found decorating the tombs on November 1 & 2. Happy skeletons are depicted as they were in life: dancers, brides & grooms (novios), occupations, romantically involved or just taking it easy!
Glass box with red wood frame altar to Frida Kahlo with her photo, musicians and an altar Handmade glass box with red wood frame with bakery - panaderia scene with skeleton baker and skeleton woman buyer.

Mini Glass Box – Ofrenda to Frida

Wood & glass box tribute to Frida. 2 inches tall x 3 inches wide x 1 1/2 inches deep with glass on the top and front. Mexico

A5323 $22 each

Mini Glass Box – Panaderia

Hand made, un-openable, hand-decorated glass box. 2 inches tall x 3 inches wide x 1 1/2 inches deep with glass on the front and top. Mexico

A5331 $22 each

Cute Pooch

This papier mache bone dog is going to be your best friend - he's fun, happy and you can pet him or feed him his big bone.... But he's better than a real dog because there's no dog hair on your sofa or slobber on your T-shirt. You can sleep late without fear of a dog licking your face or whining to be let out. You can move your bone dog to the side of your desk to watch you adoringly, put him under your dinner table to sit patiently for table scraps or set him in the window to await your return from work. This dog is everything you could possibly wish for in a pet - no vet bills, no smelly dog food cans and no need for plastic pooper scooper bags! He's a great companion and you can still take him to the dog park as a conversation piece! Unique new piece for any Day of the Dead collector.

18" high x 9" wide x 16" deep with removable bone & curly tail. Excellent strong quality papier mache from a great artist in Guanajuato, Mexico.

A5321 $175.00 each

Cute white and black papier mache skeleton dog with bone.

BIG skeleton pooch.... That's an adult hand!

Metallic Knick-Knack Boxes

One of our best gift items ever! Where do you keep all your paddy-wacks? You'll love to use this super cool sugar skull box for little things like earrings, car keys, chocolate ganache truffles, stack of coasters or the proverbial paper clips. Great gift for man or woman.

The design is reverse painted on glass then backed with scrunched metallic foil. Finely finished hinged box and all wood is painted black. Design is on all four sides & top. 4.5’" x4.5" x 2" high

Metallic knick knack box with sugar skull

Do you need a unique & romantic gift for the one you love? This is perfect!

This romantic skeleton serenade box can be filled with keepsakes - used ticket stubs, pressed flowers, a beach stone, milagro, fortune cookie fortunes, small photos, jewelry or a lock of hair.

Skeleton Serenade Box
A5216 $35 each

All sides are covered in reverse painting and metallic foil. Very finely detailed, (despite the photo)

metallic serenede sugar skull box
Wooden metallic box with  colorful sugar skull and flowers Silver metallic sugar skull knick knack box Black metallic sugar skull knick knack box
Metallic Sugar Skull Boxes Sugar Skull Box, Silver
A5215-S $35 each
Sugar Skull Box, Black
A5215-B $35 each
Fisherman retablo open to show 3 fisherman and their day's catch.

Fisherman Retablo

The three skeleton spirit fisher-folks are busy at work. There's a lot of story being told in this retablo. As you open the doors, you see the skeletons holding the day's catch.

Every aspect of this nicho is beautifully executed with lots of fish and baskets, detailed skeletons & a delightful paint job. This piece is a collector's dream.

Very limited quantities. 4" wide x 5 1/2" high x 2" deep. Peru

A5311 $90 each


Check out our Skeleton Folk Art Collector's Gallery

Castillo Style Day of the Dead Village Scenes Pottery

The most expensive Castillo piece I've ever seen was in Puerto Vallarta, and it was an entire intricate circus scene that cost over $13,000 made by one of the famous first generation Castillo artists. There are many talented offshoots of this huge family these days. It's unusual to see a Mexican pottery that is fired and then painted with natural dyes or acrylics in place of glazes. The Castillo style pottery is beautiful, interesting and makes wonderful additions to any Day of the Dead collection... and yes, still painted with one-hair paintbrushes. We hope you enjoy these museum quality Castillo style pieces!

Explore our extensive Castillo style Day of the Dead Folk Art Collection

Handmade, detailed Frida Candle Holder for 3 candles Colorful Frida skeleton head altar with candle holder

Frida with Rebozo Candle Holder

Unique Castillo style candle holder for 3 candles! Candle holders are behind Frida's head and hands. 8.5" tall x 7" wide x 3.5" deep. Colors and designs are unique. Mexico

A5251 $ 195 each

Castillo Style Skeleton Frida Altar

Amazing piece! 6' tall x 6.5" wide x 4" deep. Candle holder is at the top, center, with a 3/8" diameter candle deposit. Her sugar skull earrings dangle. Colors and designs are unique. Mexico

A5250 $175 each

Papier Mâché Procession Masks

In Mexico, the devout parade around in processions in the cemeteries carrying santos, incense & candles as they pray, chant and sing on November 2. In more recent times, more popular processions take place in the town squares & surrounding streets the week before Day of the Dead with musicians, participants in costumes, masks and even skull face painting. Theater performances and interpretive dance are becoming common in Mexican cities too.

In the U.S. where traditional Halloween traditions are increasingly interwoven with Day of the Dead iconography, Catrinas and Fridas are showing up to costume parties.

Our new papier mâché artist has made these strong & high quality mache masks with really large eye holes so they can really be worn by folklorico dancers or just hung on the wall. While these vary in size, the hefty sized skulls (without hat or flowers) measure approx 9 1/2" hight x 7" wide. Mexico.

Paper mache procession mask - smiling Rosita skeleton mask with a single rose in her hair

A5102 Rosita (single rose - comes in many colors)

Paper mache procession mask - Sarita smiling female skeleton with lots of makeup

A5105 Sarita

Paper mache procession mask - smiling Catrin skeleton with red top hat mask

A5103 Catrin with Top Hat - some with a mustache. Hats are assorted red or black

$40 each - Explore our entire Papier Mâché Procession Mask Collection

Love papier mache? So do we!
Papier Mâché Skeleton Folk Art - skulls, masks & more

Gigante Retablo

This spectacular piece of folk art is the original creation of Mexico City artist Rafael Rodriguez. He carves and makes many of the furniture and mini elements inside these beautifully handcrafted retablos. Scenes are extremely well detailed and are a showcase piece for any collector, restaurant or museum. These diorama type retablo scene boxes were first made by 19th-century resident nuns in the Santa Monica convent in Puebla. Wood with glass. Because of the fragility of these pieces, they should be picked up at our warehouse. Please contact us for details.
Large handmade Day of the Dead ofrenda with decorated ofrenda table, skeletons, papel picado, marigolds and words from 1939.

Gigante Retablo – Day of the Dead Ofrenda

20" wide x 7" deep x 14" tall. Mexico

A4101 $525

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Repousse Skeleton Bone Dog Ornament

Repoussé Bone Dog Ornament

The detail work on this skeleton dog is astounding on both sides... it's like a piece of jewelry with the colored stones, beaded tail and hand cut bone assemblage. A wonderful gift for a Day of the Dead dog lover who can enjoy the bone dog all year long. 4" x 3.5"

A2313 $22 each

Repoussé Skeleton Cyclist Ornament

Bike aficionados will love this intricate, hand hammered skeleton on a souped up cycle. This 3D piece is equally elaborate on both sides. Yes, the wheels turn! 5" tall x 4" wide (+ 2 1/4" hanger.)

A2312 $24 each

Colorful Respousse skeleton bicyclist ornament

Repoussé metal work was introduced to Mexico during the French control of Mexico in the late 1800's and has been around ever since. Church decor, metal art, jewelry and tourist art still draws heavily from the repoussé technique of hammering and stretching sheet metals into beautiful folk art. See more NEW Repoussé Ornaments & read about the artists who make them here

We have a wonderful collection of Holiday Skeleton Nativities & Ornaments

Traditional Mexican Sugar Skulls

Just in - new shipment of beautifully decorated sugar skulls. These authentic Mexican sugar skulls are colorfully decorated and ready to adorn any ofrenda.

Sugar skull making is a tradition passed on from generation to generation. These boiled sugar confections are the "real deal", true folk art, made by artisans in fewer and fewer places each year. If kept dry, they look beautiful for years!

Note - These are for decorative use ONLY, not to be eaten!! (Sizes are approximate.)

7 sizes of beautifully decorated, authentic sugar skulls made in Mexico.
Back row, left to right - #9, #8, #7, #5, #3
Front row, left to right - #1, #0
Traditional Mexican Sugar Skull #3 - 2" high x 2" wide x 2 1/2" deep
A4057 $10 each

Traditional Mexican Sugar Skull #7 - 3 1/2" high x 3" wide x 4" deep
A4059 $26 each

Traditional Mexican Sugar Skull #5 - 2 1/2" high x 2 1/2" wide x 3 1/2" deep
A4058 $18 each
Traditional Mexican Sugar Skull #8 - 5" high x 4" wide x 6" deep
A4060 $45 each

These are "street quality" that are made in Toluca, Mexico and they are what are made to sell to the folks celebrating Day of the Dead in the State of Mexico. That means they are irregular, a bit crooked and not perfect museum quality miniatures. The 1" skulls have up to 7 bright colors and are very cute with their sequin eyes and strips of colored tin foil on their foreheads, just like the traditional large sugar skulls have. We rarely get sugar skulls imported and even rarer that we find a sugar skull maker willing to make us such precious, tiny little works of art.

See more awesome Decorated Sugar Skulls from Mexico

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