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Museum Quality Skeleton Figurines

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.

Yellow church wedding box with skeleton novios, mama and preacher

NEW Yellow Church Wedding Glass Box

7” w x 6 1/2” high x 2” deep – made in Mexico

A2346 $42

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 under-glaze and all had the bright polychrome 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.

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 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
fine skeleton mariachi players

Mariachi Players

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

A1307 Violin player

A1305 Guitar player

 A1306 Guitarrón player (out temporarily)

$28 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*
This busty skeleton has a basket of sugar skulls
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.

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
Skeleton Poker Players Serenade Boat Couple fine quality skeleton miniature punk rocker

Poker Players sittin' & drinkin'

Fine quality
F2010
$28 (3 pieces)

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 Red Tuna Can

Beautiful craftsmanship. A unique ornament, fun decoration, special holiday gift....
Handmade in Mexico. " 3 ½" diameter x 1 ½" deep"
A1300 $36 each
nativity skeleton mini in a tuna can
fine quality skeleton miniature skeleton dogs romantic skeleton mariachi closeup - romantic heart mariachi skeleton miniature

Rustic clay Skeleton Bone Dog

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

Romantic Heart Mariachi

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

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 (out temporarily)
fine quality skeleton miniature pallbearers

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