Anthropological Services Ontario

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   Singhampton pioneer graves (2001)
   North York schoolhouse (2006)
   ROM tracks (2006)
   Hillier roof tiles (2006)
   Legacy P. Gaster (2007)
   Czech angel (2008)
   The Grange, Toronto (2008)

Angel from the Czech Republic

A Toronto resident from Prague, Czech Republic, commissioned ASO to authenticate an artifact which he obtained during restorations in the 13th century Dum U Kamenneho zvonu (Stone Bell House) in 1992.

X-ray image of angel sculpture clearly identifying the embedded cardiotome (Swann-Morton No. 7; blade #11p). © Henschen/ASO (2008)

Artifact in context. Postcard of Prague - Dum U Kamenneho zvonu (Stone Bell House). © K. Cerny

We determined the artefact to be an accurate cast of a Baroque angel executed in crystalline sugar. The cast conceals a cardiotome from the second half of the 20th century.