Beside the carved skull the museum exhibits a cherub, which was also a grave carving from the same period. I'm not sure what it says about my own state of mind, but I find the cherub almost as creepy as the skull ... . It must be something to do with the unseeing eyes that still seem to stare intently, or maybe it's the unsmiling mouth that seems to have been fixed in a grimace.
My favourite creepy grave carving, however, adorns the fine tomb of William Hogarth, which can be found in St. Nicholas's Churchyard on the bank of the Thames in Chiswick.
Those eyes really do seem to be staring straight into your soul.
All the best for now,