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Christ statue a case of biting realism

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 00:54

Art restoration specialists in Mexico are shocked to discover that an 18th century statue of Christ has real human teeth. Tara Cleary reports.

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It's a gory depiction of Christ, but even though the blood is fake, the teeth in this 18th century Mexican statue are not. SOUNDBITE: Fanny Unikel, art restoration specialist, National School of Restoration, Conservation and Museology, saying (Spanish): "In this case we found teeth that belonged to a human being. We discovered this in the X-Rays, in which you can see the roots of teeth perfectly. And from their size, we know that they belong to a human being." Art restoration specialist at Mexico's national restoration school, Fanny Unikel, says that even though people often donated their hair and clothing to 18th century sculptors, animal bone was usually used for teeth and nails. Specialists aren't sure how human teeth ended up in this statue and suspect they may have been donated by a parishioner - giving restorers something to chew on.

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Christ statue a case of biting realism

Monday, August 11, 2014 - 00:54