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My Favorite Skeletons

Small skeleton figurines are handmade by artisans and sold at outdoor markets. (Unless they're really good artists and export all their folk art to the United States!) Families look forward to shopping for these skeletons (calaveras) to decorate their home altars and cemetery tombs. New pieces are bought each year.

They are always depicting a happy skeleton doing something they enjoyed when they were alive.

Most of the folk art we sell is made by artisans in Oaxaca, Puebla, and the state of Mexico.

Three colorful catrinas hanging out

NEW Catrina Comadre

Colorful hand sculpted potato paste and wire, no two alike. Peru 8” tall.

Comadres are frequently celebrated on Day of the Dead as women miss their women friends who have passed. These figurines remind us of long conversations, laughter and the closeness that binds us as “girlfriends”.

A4030 $32 each
assorted colors

Closeup - Catrina with read flower hat, red dress, smoking a cigarette

Romantic skeleton with top hat holding flowers and a red heart

NEW Romantic Debonaire Skeleton

With heart and bouquet on base. This tuxedo clad, top-hatted lover offers eternal love to his sweetie. colorful hand sculpted potato paste and wire

8” tall Peru

A4031 $32

Romantic skeleton with top hat holding flowers and a red heart close-up

Castillo style Day of the Dead Village Scenes

Castillo style skeleton bread baker at his oven with his skeleton dog

Castillo style skeleton flower seller with cempasushal

Castillo Bread Baker

4 ½” d x 6 ½ ”w x 5 ½ h
A2193 $175 each

Castillo Flower Seller

3" x 3" x 4" Mexico
A2200 $48 each

I remember a trip I took back about 1982 from Oaxaca north to Puebla to meet the famous Mexican pottery artist Heron Martinez. I bought big brown burnished tree-of-life pottery pieces from him. He was an eccentric man and besides paying him very high prices for mounds of his pottery, he made frequent requests that I bring him big balls of hand made Oaxacan cheese, ammo for an illegal rifle and after-shave lotions from the U.S. One trip, during the rainy season, when I couldn't eat raw vegetables at the little roadside diners for fear of getting cholera, Closeup of fine hand-painted edge of Castillo Day of the Dead cart with skeleton horseI spoke to a man who was hawking beautiful colorful pottery from Izucar de Matamoros, a nearby town in southern Puebla. It was the most intricately painted pottery I had ever seen.

The guy hopped into my truck and guided me to the Castillo family workshop that was full of tree-of-lifes, scenes and fanciful pieces; some were over 4 feet tall. All had the characteristic white calcium glazed underglaze and all had the bright polychromed microscopic paint jobs on top. I got to accompany the artist out to the barnyard to cut hair from the horse and mule to be used as the paint brush to get such fine lines on the pottery.

Castillo Style 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 collector... and yes, still painted with one-hair paintbrushes.

We hope you enjoy these Castillo style pieces!

Castillo style skeleton mole maker Castillo style skeleton sugar skull seller Castillo style tortilla maker

Castillo Mole Maker

3" x 3" x 4" Mexico
A2201 $48 each

Castillo Sugar Skull Seller

3" x 3" x 4" Mexico   
A2195  $48 each

Castillo Tortilla Maker

3" x 3" x 4" Mexico
A2198 $48 each
Castillo style horn mask in glass box

Castillo style Skeleton Masks

Hand made un-openable, hand-decorated glass box.

Horn Mask (left)
1.5 “deep x 3.5” wide x 4 ”high
A2187 $48 each

Aztec Mask (right)
1.5 “deep x 3.5” wide x 4 ”high
A2188 $48 each

Castillo style Aztec mask in glass box
Castillo style pinata scene with skeleton boy and dog Castillo style cart full of skeleton people driven by a skeleton horse

Castillo Piñata scene

4" deep x 4” wide x 5" high
A2203
$68 each

Castillo Day of the Dead Cart w/ Skeleton Horse

3” deep x 5.5” wide x 4 ½ high. Mexico
A2202 $ 165 each
clay dangling skeleton Castillo style skeleton market sellow with sugar skulls, pan de morte, fruits and gourds Castillo style cock fight village scene with 2 skeltons

Dangle Clay Skeleton

Hangable, long white skeleton with bright color details- 8" tall. Tied at all the joints. Not quite a wind chime but he's trying! Very finely painted. Classic Day of the Dead type folk art.
A1221 $24 each

Castillo Market Seller

3" x 3" x 4" Mexico   A2194 $48 each (out)

Castillo Cock Fight

3" x 3" x 4" Mexico
A2199 $48 each

NEW Flaming Heart Calaveras

Clay. Hollow with cutout eyes.
3 1/3" tall x 3" wide x 3 1/2" deep
$28 each

A3018 Flaming Heart Calavera, Rosa Mexicana
A3019 Flaming Heart Calavera, Black
A3020 Flaming Heart Calavera, Blue

NEW Sugar Skull Wall Masks

Fine artist quality plaster. Masks have a ring on the back to put on the wall. 7” tall x 5” wide
A4074 Rosa Mexicana Wall Mask $39 each A4075 Bone Wall Mask $39 each A4076 Marigold Wall Mask $39 each
Piano Player skeleton Sugar skull (calaveritas) seller skeleton Cupcake skeleton chef

Piano Playing Skeleton

Rockin' skeleton with a little skull on his piano. Who do you think he looks like? 3" square base, 4 ½" tall player
A1295 $34 each

Sugar Skull Seller

A classic! 3 ½" high x 2 ½" wide x 2½" deep
A1299 $30 each

Cupcake Chef

Some skeleton cupcake chefs come with little white vest. Papier Mache & Wire, 7” high. Mexico
A1273 $34 each

Market women mini skeletonsSkeleton Market Women

These three market women and one skeleton hussy who probably doesn't do her own market shopping since she's all dressed up in her china poblana dress, are beautifully detailed and well made skeleton figurines for your collection.

These clay figures are very limited in production from a family workshop in Puebla. If you talk to yourself while you're working on your computer, they make nice companions and at night, walk around the piles of paper and burrito wrappers (and tequila shot glasses) that you have on your desk. They never complain although their tacones (Mexican high heels) are rarin' to dance. Please note, they all have their mouths open... “*comadriando,” no doubt. Great gift or addition to any collection. All approximately 4 ½" tall. Dresses vary.
Skull Vendor on Horse
Kathi's favorite! (like she can ride a horse!)
M6029
$26
China Poblana
It's hard to wear a heavy sequined dress with a big cactus on it!
F2076 $26

Basket of Skulls*
Skeleton market woman with a basket of sugar skulls. This is a super special piece of folk art! Approximately 4 ½" tall. Mexico
M6032 $26

Watermelon Woman
Nothing tastes better on a hot, steamy afternoon on the Mexican beach, than a big piece of sandia.
M6030 $26

*Are you still wondering what "comadriando" means? Well, comadres are women friends; many times they are godmother's to each other's children, but Mexicans are loose in who they call a "comadre". When comadres get together, they gossip, talk, tell secrets and pass on the village news... noise level goes up and they drive their husband's nuts.
Comadriando is a PRESENT PARTICIPLE! and English should have a similar word in our language.

Skeleton Pallbearers

Beautiful extra large pallbearer scene will make a good centerpiece for your day of the dead collection with four handsome suited pallbearers carrying a very happy skeleton in a nicely decorated coffin. Traditional Mexican wreath at the front says "descanse en paz" - rest in peace. It's unusual to have such an elaborate day of the dead scene in this large size.
Base: 3 1/2" x 4 1/2" x 4 1/2" tall
F2002 $32
fine quality skeleton miniature pallbearers
Museum quality fancy Catrina - magenta Museum quality Catrin Museum quality Catrina figurine, black

Catrina figure

Magenta, 6 ½" tall x 3" wide x 2" deep
A1303 $36

Catrin figure

7" tall x 2" wide x 2" deep
A1405 $28

Catrina figure

Black, 6 1/2" tall x 3" wide x 2" deep
A1304 $36
fine quality skeleton miniature skeleton dogs Serenade Boat Couple fine quality skeleton miniature punk rocker

Rustic clay Skeleton Bone Dog

Assorted hats and frolicking action poses! Peru
A2004
$18 each

Serenade Boat Couple 

M6000 $24

Punk Rocker

A1124  $26 (out - left the building with Elvis)
Skeleton Violin player minature Skeleton woman wearing a sombrero minature skeleton girl with watermelon mintature in a box

Violin Skeleton in a box

5" tall x 2 " wide x 2 3/4" deep
A1287 $42

Sombrero Girl in a box

6" tall x 4" wide x 2 ½" deep
A1286 $42

Watermelon Girl in a box

6" tall x 4" wide x 2 ½" deep
A1285 $42
closeup on one fat mariachi skeleton musican

Mini Mariachi Set

Cute, 8-piece mini musico band, 2" high.
Painted clay. Random suit colors.
N2080 $48 per set
mini skeleton musico band of 8 fat mariachis
Sexy skeleton Motorcycle mama Fancy dressed Happy Skeleton Widow back of motorcycle guy mini skeleton cat looking at motorcycle guy miniture skeleton

Motorcycle Mama

Smoking with wild hair, 3 ½" high
A1122 $26 (out)

Happy Widow


F2001
$22

Motorcycle Guy

Finally back in stock! 3 ½" high
A1109 $26

Museum Quality Collector's Mini Skeletons ~ $26 each

For the Day-of-the-Dead Collector who has everything and wants more...
Super fine, 3.5 inch mini skeletons from Puebla are extremely well detailed. Very limited quantities. If you can't see the difference from the $16 gray based minis, don't buy these. Note the Frida has teensy-weensy dangling bird earrings and the traditional Mexican traje dancers have little skull maracas!
fine quality skeleton miniature borracho (drunkard) fine quality skeleton miniature viejitos (dance of the old people) 25fine quality skeleton miniature quetzal dancer
Borracho
F2039 $26
Viejitos
F2035 $26
Quetzal
F2037 $26
Deer Dancer
F2038 $26
fine quality skeleton miniature Frida Kahlo an Parrot earings fine quality skeleton miniature of Elvis Presley  singing and playing a guitar fine quality skeleton miniature of bride holding a a calla lily fine quality skeleton miniature of Frida Kahlo with large earings holding a monkey
Frida with parrot earrings F2036 $26 (out) Elvis
F2075 $26
Glamour Bride with bouquet
F2034 $26
Frida with monkey & very big earrings  F2048 $26

12 piece hand made skeleton nativity scene

Mini Skeleton Nativity Sets

I have been asked for skeleton nativity sets for about 20 years now. FINALLY last year, we got the sweet little skeleton nativity in a red tuna can. Yes, it's a real tuna can. The artist family and all their neighbors, collect their tuna cans to make my order! This year, we got an artist to make these miniature skeleton scenes that feature Mary, Joseph, the cast of angels, animals and the kings. Make sure little kids and dogs don't get hold of these! Mexico

Itty Bitty Skeleton Nativity Set

1/2" carved wood figures
CL331 $42 / set

Skeleton Nativity Set Mini

1" high carved wood figures
CL330 $54 / set

Skeleton Nativity Scene in a Red (Tuna) Can

When you think Mexican food, one doesn't normally think of tuna - but the artist's family has had to eat way too many cans of tuna fish the past couple years in order to get enough cans for these Day of the Dead skeleton nativities. There's not much space in a can, but the Holy Family is visited by angels hanging on the walls. Very unusual piece of folk art and great gift for the nativity collector in your life! 3 1/2" diameter x 1 1/2" deep"
A1300 $36 each
nativity skeleton mini in a tuna can
  romantic skeleton mariachi closeup - romantic heart mariachi skeleton miniature

 

Romantic Heart Mariachi

Papier mache & wire, 7" high. Peru (closeup - right)
A1274 $34 each (out)
fine skeleton mariachi players

Mariachi Players

Beautifully crafted and bendable!
6" tall x 3" wide x 2" deep

A1307 Violin player (out temporarily

A1305 Guitar player (out temporarily)

 A1306 Guitarrón player (out temporarily)

$28 each

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