Last week, BoingBoing published a link to an article about a restaurant in Germany that will supposedly be catering to cannibals....and people who want to have parts of their bodies amputated (to feed said cannibals). There's speculation about whether or not the whole thing is a hoax or publicity stunt, but that's neither here nor there for me.
More importantly, I was drawn to BoingBoing's illustration, which was the ivory statue that you see above. It's by a 17th Century German sculptor named Leonhard Kern. Kern oversaw his own large sculpture studio that specialized in small-scale devotional figures. The above gem can be found in the Wikipedia commons..... and can be found in the real world (don't Second-Lifers call it "meatspace"?) at the Württembergisches Landesmuseum Stuttgart.