During a restoration of the 18th century Lord of Patience statue in the parish of San Bartolo Cuautalpan, Mexico – popular for its gruesome blood and open wounds, researchers X-rayed the statue and were shocked at discovering eight real human teeth and they are all in pristine condition.
“It is common that the sculptures have teeth, but they are usually made of wood or bone carved individually or as a plate, but in this case has eight teeth of an adult,” said team leader and school director Fanny Unikel in a museum video. “The teeth were probably donated as a token of gratitude. It’s the first time human teeth have been found in a sculpture.”
The teeth can be noticed between the statue’s slightly-parted lips and are picked up in the creepy x-Ray image.
The 3ft 8ins-tall icon — depicting a patient, pained Christ resting momentarily during the Passion — is seated in a church in San Bartolo Cuautlalpan, a town of 10,000 about 30 miles north of Mexico City.
Unikel said the Lord of Patience, as the statue is known, is very well preserved.She said: ‘The sculpture is always dressed. He only leaves the church during Holy Week, when he is paraded through the town.’
In Mexico’s rural communities, it is a practice to carry statues through the streets on holidays, usually followed by a celebratory parade.
Via : vice