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A lifelike model of Jesus Christ made of latex and silicon – and real human hair – all based on data collected from the famous Turin Shroud has been unveiled.
The sculpture even features all the wounds said to have been inflicted on the Messiah.
Some believe the Shroud of Turin, first mentioned in 1354, was the burial shroud that housed the body of Jesus after his crucifixion – although others have argued that it is an elaborate fake.
The Catholic Church officially neither endorses nor rejects the Shroud.
The unveiling of The Mystery Man follows years of painstaking research by experts in Spain.
At 75kg (165.3lb) and 5ft 10in, it comes complete with all the injuries the Messiah is said to have endured before the Crucifixion, including cuts where the Crown of Thorns was forced down on to his head.
The sculpture also features the wound inflicted on Jesus’s side by the Holy Lance and the numerous scratches to his body he is said to have sustained after Pontius Pilate ordered him to be whipped and mocked.
The creation went on display in Salamanca Cathedral last Thursday and it will be there until December before heading off on a worldwide tour.
Jose Luis Retana, the Bishop of Salamanca, said that the body of the man in the Holy Shroud can represent “the concretion of God’s love that becomes flesh in Jesus Christ who dies like a malefactor with a terrible sacrifice for our salvation. There is no greater love in the world.”b
Alvaro Blanco, the curator of the exhibition, said it represented 15 years of studying the Holy Shroud.
He added: “No one had dared to make a hyper-realistic body like this. We have dared and we hope that the exhibition will be a complete success.”
The organisers of The Mystery Man project said: “This exhibition is a journey through the art, archaeology and science on the Holy Shroud that are shown for the first time together in this unique, 600sq m exhibition.”