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  Severed Hand
by balhannah

During my tour of the Gruyeres Castle, I came across this gruesome "severed hand."

What on earth was this all about?
The most popular answer was.......
Some very courageous men from Gruyeres brought it back from the Holy Land on the 1st crusade in 1099.
Another version .....A soldier in a scuffle had his hand ripped off, and it was brought back to the Castle as a memory of a great victory!
Then another version is ......
after a fire at the Castle in 1493, the hand was found on a calcinated body.


Well, evidently not, it is believed to be the right hand of an Egyptian mummy.
The process of mummification explains its dark colouring as well as its extreme slenderness. It belonged to an adult person, probably male, and of a high ranking.

Interesting....Yes! .....Gruesome....Yes!

Address: Gruyeres Castle
Website: http://www.chateau-gruyeres.ch

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  • Updated Sep 11, 2011
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