Mummies and Monkey Skulls: ‘Oddities’ Host Ryan Matthew Cohn on the creepiest antiques

Ben Marks of Collector's Weekly says: "We published an article about Ryan Matthew Cohn's jones for bones. It's got videos from the Oddities show and lots of cool photos of goat-skull chandeliers and Beauchene skulls (skulls that have been exploded so you can see how they go back together)."


“One of the things I do in my art is a reiteration of what was done in the Victorian era, what’s referred to as exploded Beauchene skulls,” Cohn says, who explains they were named after 19th century French anatomist Claude Beauchene.

“Those early skull models that were collected by world travelers and used at schools were based on Beauchene’s work. For my own artwork, I am always looking for pathological skulls that might have had a disease or something that makes them different from any other skull that I’ve seen.”

Mummies and Monkey Skulls


  1. Simple cheap trick. Get a box such as a bracelet might come in. Poke a hole in the bottom. Line the box with cotton. Poke your finger up through the hole bent at the knuckle. Fake blood is optional. Put the cover on and then show the contents to your friends. Moving the finger at the right moment may produce a scream.  

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