18th Century Christ-Statue has human Teeth

In Mexiko haben sie bei der Restauration einer Christus-Statue festgestellt, dass das Teil menschliche Zähne besitzt, inklusive Zahnwurzeln und allem. Als wären die Ikonographien des christlichen Totenkults nicht schon creepy genug.

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The statue of the Lord of Patience in the parish of San Bartolo Cuautlalpan, Mexico, has always looked ghastly. His tortured look, blood streaming down his neck, open wounds on his face, hands and knees send shivers down your spine. But it turns out that the statue is even more realistic - and macabre - than previously thought. Specialists restoring the 18th Century artwork have discovered that the statue's eight teeth used to belong to an adult human, Mexico's National Institute of Anthropology and History has announced.

"The teeth were probably donated as a token of gratitude," suggests head restorer Fanny Unikel. Elsewhere in Mexico, parishioners are known to have volunteered their hair to make wigs for saints, as well as clothing or money. But the teeth and nails of statues are usually made of bones and animal horns. "It's the first time human teeth have been found in a sculpture," says Unikel.

BBC: Mexico: Christ statue 'has human teeth'

spOnline: Makaberer Fund in Mexiko: Christus-Statue mit menschlichen Zähnen