Saint Silvan

st silvain wax incorrupt fake

Close-up of St. Silvan’s face with bloodied gash across his neck.

Not much is known about Saint Silvan, other than he was martyred sometime between 300-350 AD. He is said to be the oldest incorrupt body known to the Catholic church, but the body on display to the public is clearly made of wax. If you look closely, you can see the the paint on his face chipping and fading away in certain spots. The eyebrows are glued on and so is the wig. Another sign of this being a fake is that the earholes and nostrils only go so deep. Some argue that St. Silvain’s waxy appearance is because the body was coated in wax to preserve it. But why would an incorrupt corpse need preserving? The body is on display at the Church of St. Blaise in Croatia. The church was built in the early 1700s after the original church caught on fire. It’s unknown when St. Silvan’s body first appeared in the church and how it survived the fire in 1706.

st silvain wax incorrupt fake

St. Silvan’s tomb. Some believe the real body is stored underneath the wax figure.