Miniature Skulls Carved from Pearls Used to Create Anatomical Jewelry

Miniature Skulls Carved from Pearls Used to Create Anatomical Jewelry

Producing work since 1974, Japanese artist and jeweler Shinji Nakaba infuses all matter of anatomical forms, skulls, and flowers into what he describes as “wearable sculptures.”

The pieces come in all shapes and sizes, but his most prolific series involves human and animal skulls carved from oyster pearls and attached to rings, necklaces, and brooches.

In addition to selling pieces through his online shop, Nakaba’s work has been shown at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts and the Museum of Arts & Design in New York, as well as several galleries and museums around Japan.

You can see more of his jewelry designs and pearl carvings on his 

website


 

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