Carnelian Crystal Skull
This Carnelian Crystal Skull is hand-carved and hand polished. The wonderful deep red stone features dark matrix webs throughout. What a great example of high-quality Carnelian from Madagascar. Some of the oldest examples of jewelry contain this translucent reddish-orange chalcedony and it has held a presence in the myths and world history of ancient civilizations. The name is said to be derived from the Latin word cranes meaning flesh due to its color. Egyptians believed the stone had great power in the afterlife and so revered the stone that it was one of the three stones most often used in their jewelry. The various shades of red due to the presence of iron oxide are said to still the blood, calm the temper and renew vitality. Carnelian is found throughout the world, the most renowned mines being in India, Brazil, Uruguay, and Japan.
A crystal skull is a model of a human skull generally carved out of quartz crystal and other stones regarded as metaphysically powerful. A crystal skull is a metaphor for the belief that reality is a consciousness hologram through which we "virtually" experience life. Many of the crystal skulls are considered tools that awaken human consciousness. They vary in size from a few inches to the size of a human head, or bigger. Crystal skulls are most often associated with ancient Mesoamerican cultures.
Size: 1 ¾" x 3" x 2"
Weight: 9.28 oz