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    A French artist carved this 4 inch tooth out of Ivory in 1790, which depicts cavities on the left as a toothworm eating a man and on the right uses hell to symbolize the agony of a toothache.

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    • Violet Ashes

      “The Tooth Worm as Hell’s Demon”, southern France, 18th Century; This artistically designed ivory carving is contained in a molar, 10.5 cm in height, which can be separated into two halves of equal size. It opens out into two scenes depicting the infernal torments of toothache as a battle with the “tooth worm.” #teeth #art #sculpture #bizarre

    • Nomie Maxwell

      The Tooth Worm as Hells Demon. 18th century depiction of what was commonly believed to be responsible for boring holes in peoples teeth, leading to painful abscesses & toothache. | Embedded image permalink

    • Merritt Bumpas

      Sculpture of the infamous tooth worm. First appearing in literature in Sumeria 5000 BCE, The tooth worm was believed by many people to bore holes in human teeth and cause toothaches.

    • Caitlin Fanning

      Crazy article about early dentistry! Has lots of cool and creepy pictures!! ~ "This ivory tooth sculpture from the mid-18th century called "The Tooth Worm as Hell’s Demon" opens to reveal the painful and demonic tooth worms at work. Via the Chirurgeon's Apprentice."

    • DD Dallas

      Worms - Toothworms!!! The legend of the tooth worm is said to have come out of Mesopotamia around 1800 B.C. Here is an actual ancient Babylonian text dated to approximately this period that relates a demon with a toothache being caused by a worm;

    • Goyo

      This ivory tooth sculpture from the mid-18th century called "The Tooth Worm as Hell’s Demon" opens to reveal the painful and demonic tooth worms at work. Via the Chirurgeon's Apprentice.

    • Jenny Gill - NYCJenny

      The Tooth Worm as Hell's Demon, 18th Century France. (think I'll show this to the boy to make him brush his teeth)

    • The Man

      "The Tooth Worm as Hell’s Demon” is a carving made by an unknown artist in 18th Century, France. The tooth worm was first noted by the Sumerians around 5000 BC. The hypothesis was that tooth decay was the result of a tooth worm boring into and decimating the teeth.

    • Roya Hyduk

      the toothworm as Hell's demon, ivory carving, southern France, 18th century

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