Other Objects #4: Wax Jesus Figures

A number of wax anatomical figures of Jesus exist throughout Europe. The photograph here was in the archives of the Rubenstein Library at Duke University. The next two were found through the online resources of Nautilus and the Morbid Anatomy Museum blog. The fourth can be found in a museum in Sicily. The last is in the Deutsches Medezinhistorisches Museum in Ingolstadt.

The Museo di San Martino in Rio published a useful pamphlet on the reconstruction and historical inquiry of their version. The pamphlet shows some similarities between these and early modern ivory crucifixes.




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