11/01/2011 09:07 am ET | Updated Jan 01, 2012

Day Of The Dead: Amazing Artist Images Of Skulls (PHOTOS)

The human skull is an iconic image throughout history, and across cultures. Some use it as decoration, others as a warning.

It's also a common symbol of The Day of the Dead, where "calaveras" (Spanish for "skull") decorate houses and special altars.

Laurence King has just published The Book of Skulls ($14.95), curated by Faye Dowling, and featuring remarkable representations of these ghoulish masks from around the world.

Here are some of our favorite empty-eyed grins from its pages.