The mummified head of St. Catherine of Siena, Italy

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    Image taken from a pamphlet. For more on St. Catherine of Siena, please visit my site Curious Expeditions

    1. Incognita Nom de Plume 82 months ago | reply

      Sometimes I truly wish that I could be a believer -- they have all the best grisly doodads. This is magnificent.

    2. Curious Expeditions 82 months ago | reply

      I know, they have the best stuff. At one church in Florence, we found a museum near the rear, and it was just bursting with mummified fingers in ornate reliquaries. So cool.

    3. ren girl 67 months ago | reply

      i am writing a short primary source analysis for a history class--we're supposed to choose a saint, then find a source (painting, church, relic, etc) & talk about what we're able to learn, historically, from that source.
      i chose catherine of siena. little did i know what an AWESOME relic she had! so thank you for this picture--it will making writing my paper even better. :)

    4. loupiote (Old Skool) pro 65 months ago | reply

      another view of the same:

    5. loupiote (Old Skool) pro 65 months ago | reply

      Curious Expeditions , did you actually take that photo? it looks like a copy of a postcard.

      normally the head is behind a grid...

    6. Curious Expeditions 65 months ago | reply

      Ioupiote: Yes, it is from a pamphlet. I uploaded two pamphlet images and forgot to label this one. I've corrected it now. Wanted to take real picture but the relic was heavily guarded and we saw someone sent out of the church for taking a picture of the relic. How did you manage?

    7. loupiote (Old Skool) pro 65 months ago | reply

      there was no-one around the relic when i took the photo. i used no flash, just long-exposure. that was 15 years ago or so.

      you know that posting photos taken from other sources is normally not allowed on flickr. and it is definitely not allowed to repost copyrighted photos without giving the credit and the name of the photographer.

    8. Curious Expeditions 65 months ago | reply

      Thanks. There was no photographer listed.

    9. arvin kim 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called saint Catherine of Siena, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    10. Danny Raymundo 61 months ago | reply

      Hi, I'm an admin for a group called Knights & Maidens of Saint Catherine of Siena, and we'd love to have this added to the group!

    11. yvonnenavarro 59 months ago | reply

      Actually, the head is not mummified. It is considered incorruptible, which is a completely different thing.

    12. miklows 45 months ago | reply

      I like how "grisly doodad" rolls of the tongue. Brava, "Incognita Nom de Plume."

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