Cyclops Skull Ring
18k Yellow Gold / Oxidized Sterling Silver
25mm x 30mm
While most of our skull rings are based on the anatomical illustrations of such figures as Leonardo da Vinci, well-known for his fascination with the human body, and Andreas Vesalius, usually regarded as the father of modern human anatomy, clearly The Cyclops Skull Ring has some slightly different inspiration. What is remarkable about these early drawings is that they aren't scientifically accurate, they're idealizations that combine observation with imagination. A real human skull isn't symmetrical and is actually quite horrific to look at. The artistic skulls of these Renaissance illustrations, however, have the magical quality of seeming more real than the real thing itself. They are hyper-real. Likewise, the Anthony Lent skull sculptures are works of art that can fool us into thinking they're based on real, human skulls. Like his "moon of the collective unconscious," these are the skulls of the collective unconscious. You instantly recognize them even though you've never actually seen them before. The Solid Gold Skull Ring in particular, is a mostly symmetrical skull-ideal that beguiles your expectations by appearing perfect but possessing just enough subtle asymmetry to preserve a touch of the real. Another design, the "Memento Mori" (or reminder of death) version, is more like a skull symbol than an anatomical skull. All of our skull designs came out of Tony's work with automata: magical, mechanical sculptures that move around in amusing and unexpected ways. One of these automata was a dancing skeleton called Mr. Bones, and its head eventually evolved inspired the various skull motifs we use in our jewelry today.