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16th Century Boxwood Carvings Are So Miniature Researchers Used X-Ray To Solve Their Mystery

If you are interested in religion and its evolution through the ages, these pieces of art are going to really impress you. These are boxwood carvings that were once the most popular things ever as far as fashion goes. There are only 35 left in the world, and all are going to be admired by lovers of intricate woodwork for years to come.

These are puzzling experts so much, they put them through an x ray machine to see just how they were put together and left. It was discovered that they are held together with pins so small, a grass seed is bigger. Gold accents cover the entire jeweled decorations, so we are unable to see completely into the entire thing.

These incredible displays are in a museum now, and they get all sorts of attention from lovers of religious art. It’s so inspiring to think that these were creating in the 16th Century with this much detail. It’s incredible to think about.

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Researchers took these 500-year-old miniature boxwood carvings to the lab to find out their secrets

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They think these miniatures were made between 1500 and 1530 in Flanders or the Netherlands

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The human eye isn’t able to analyze details this tiny

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So researchers used micro-CT scanning and Advanced 3D Analysis Software

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To find out how intricate the pieces really are

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They found joints in the inner layers so tiny that only a microscope or an X-ray can detect them

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And pins, smaller than a grass seed

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But even the advanced technology couldn’t see everything

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Because traces of gold and other decoration materials conceal the X-ray views

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The miniatures were a result of a rising new social class in Europe that created a demand for these high-quality portable religious carvings

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However, soon the Reformation began and a lot of church-related accessories went out of fashion

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