Maxilla and Mandible
451-5 Columbus Avenue
New York, NY 10024
Though it's a small store, Maxilla and Mandible has a beautiful showroom, filled with museum-esque glass cases and iron mounting racks which display their wares. Bones of all variety of animals, including skulls and full human skeletons, are on sale, ranging in price from $1.50 for a human finger bone to thousands of dollars for full-mounted skeletons. Preserved insects and arachnids, seashells, and some stuffed animals are on display and for sale as well. A great place to go window shopping after a trip to the Museum of Natural History (which is just down the block), Maxilla and Mandible offers the full range of their in-store merchandise, and then some, in their lavishly illustrated catalog (worth purchasing on its own) which runs about $10.
Commentary by Charles Burns VII, Thursday, January 8, 1998.
|Photo: Risa / Model: Leonora Unser-Schutz|