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    Only High Modern Technology Was Able To Reveal The Secrets Of These Pieces Of Art Made 500 Years Ago! (11 pics)

    Researchers took these 500-year-old miniature boxwood carvings to the lab to find out their secrets
    They think these miniatures were made between 1500 and 1530 in Flanders or the Netherlands

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

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

    To find out how intricate the pieces really are

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

    And pins, smaller than a grass seed

    But even the advanced technology couldn’t see everything

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

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

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

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