There’s A Tooth in There! Really!

September 12th, 2010 Posted in Uncategorized

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The other day when I went to the Met I forced myself to meander, looking at things I don’t normally look at. It was fantastic, although I did have a moment where I wished I was rich so I could own things like the objects I was looking at in the various decorative arts sections.

But this was one of the usual things I look at. This is a reliquary and it’s said to contain … Mary Magdalen’s tooth. I think it was Mary Magdalen.

Now I’m worried I’m remembering wrong.

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  1. 6 Responses to “There’s A Tooth in There! Really!”

  2. By Nicole on Sep 12, 2010

    A beautiful reliquary. When we went to the Vatican Splendors display back in July, we saw a much smaller one that supposedly contained bone fragments from both Sts. Peter and Paul.

  3. By Nora on Sep 12, 2010

    I Googled it. Yup… it’s reportedly the tooth of Mary Magdalen herself.

  4. By Dan on Sep 12, 2010

    In all likelihood, it was yanked from the mouth of a dead camel, and sold for an exhorbitant price to some gullible crusader back about 1,100 AD. A lot of “relics” found their way to Europe in just this fashion. Doesn’t make the object any less beautiful, but take any provinence with a grain of salt.

  5. By Stacy Horn on Sep 13, 2010

    I’m guessing no one, not even the most religious, thinks it’s Mary Magdalen’s tooth.

  6. By Nicole on Sep 14, 2010

    Dan is more than likely right. I had to laugh though because I took a lot of flak over MM when I was in grade school. (My birthday is her feast day.) One of the evil nuns said that I would “be trouble” due to that fact.

    Well, don’t I get the last laugh on that point now that, in all probability, she was JC’s WIFE. Or at least his main squeeze. 🙂

  7. By Stacy Horn on Sep 14, 2010

    Totally.

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