I created these 3 Calaveras as a series to show the evolution of the "Calavera" within the Mexican Tradition.
This calavera I call, "First Skull". A hallmark of "modern" humans was the actual burial and ceremonies that followed the death of a loved one. The body would be decorated and placed in a shallow grave, to be unearthed later and displayed as an honored Ancestor.
The second skull, "Aztec Warrior" . This calavera shows all of the magical, mystical warrior marking on this skull face. The Aztec civilization took the power of life/death to another level.
The final skull is the modern Sugar Calavera with bright colors and common motifs. The modern era has turned the Calavera into more a caricature of death, rather than the powerful and revered original skulls of the Ancestors.