It is part of a skeleton that was prepared by the famous anatomist Andreas Vesalius for one of his demonstrations 450 years ago, during the period he spent in Basilea.
It is still glistening thanks to a transparent varnish, which was used at the time. Next to the bone you can see a donation letter1.
- Photo by moc.liamg|errot.omleilgug#erroT omleilguG (October 2010), courtesy of the director of the museum, Prof. Vincenzo Esposito
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