The restoration of an 18th century Christ statue in Mexico has revealed real human teeth in the statue, and in pristine condition! The 3'8'' statue, housed in San Bartolo Cuautlalpan, a small town 30 miles north of Mexico City. Mexico’s National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) was working on restoring the relic, when they noticed human like fangs protruding from the lips. An x-ray showed 8 complete teeth, all the way to the root.
A Mexican Art Restorer commented that the statues often have teeth, but made of wood or carved of bone. He believes the teeth were most likely donated by one wishing to be closer to the religious figure. Saying historically its was very common for parishioners to donate their own clothes and hair for the relics of saints. “The sculpture is always dressed,” , Unikel from Mexico’s National School of Conservation, Restoration and Museology explained. “He only leaves the church during Holy Week, when he is paraded through the town.” A common practice in rural Mexico, during holidays.
Unikel added that he does not believe the teeth came from an important religious figure from the time, but were used because they were available. The statue and its teeth were returned to San Bartolo to the village church, where it has been for years.