Those who have passed by the church of Santa Maria in Cosmedin in Rome have had the notorious opportunity to face her stone-cold chilling gaze.
La Bocca della Verità or The Mouth of Truth.
Ever heard the story?
While Most Romans believe that the ‘Bocca’ represents the ancient god of the river Tiber, the Mouth’s most famous characteristic, however, is its function as a lie detector. As early as the Middle Ages on, it was considered that if one told a lie with one’s hand in the sculpture’s mouth, it would be bitten off (a grim perspective for humankind!)
Following the Roman legend, French artist Jules Blanchard made a replica of the famous monument which can be tracked down in the Luxembourg Garden of Paris.
Now you can go prove for yourselves the truthfulness of the legend anytime you wish.
That is to say, if you dare, of course…