Painted horse skulls at Bathurst

ARTWORK: Maya Saban with her most recent painted horse skulls. Photo: BRADLEY JURD 090816bjskulls1

ARTWORK: Maya Saban with her most recent painted horse skulls. Photo: BRADLEY JURD 090816bjskulls1

Cow and goat skulls might be common decorative art, but painted horse skulls are something different altogether.

Maya Saban thought painted horse skulls were a bit divergent when it comes to art, but nothing is far-fetched when it comes to art. 

“You see cow and goat skulls hung-up, painted or decorated and that’s considered normal,” Ms Saban said.

“I thought [painted horse skulls] was a bit different.”

Ms Saban collected several horse skulls on a drought-affected property near Dubbo, from horses that had passed away.

“I’ve received special orders to paint certain things, like lakes, trees and photos,” Ms Saban said.

Ms Saban says she’s received mixed reactions from people, with good responses saying the artwork is unique and interesting, and negative responses saying it would be hard to have their horse remains in their house.

But whether you think it’s fantastic or disturbing, you have to admire how unique painted horse skulls are.  

Farriers and vets have become quite interested in Ms Saban’s collection of skulls, with the bones and teeth helping to tell how the horses died. 

Ms Saban has sold horse skulls, but has given many more away as gifts. 

Even though she has a large assortment of skulls, Ms Saban says she is a big horse-lover and owns several horses.

The advertised price for the painted horse skulls is $160, but Ms Saban said those interested can make an offer.

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