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There are some burn holes and scorched areas down both sides of the linen, caused by contact with molten silver during the fire that burned through it in places while it was folded.
There are no definite historical records concerning the particular shroud currently at Turin Cathedral prior to the 14th century.
The history of the shroud from the 15th century is well recorded.
In 1453 Margaret de Charny deeded the Shroud to the House of Savoy. Since the 17th century the shroud has been displayed (e.g.
The cloth is woven in a three-to-one herringbone twill composed of flax fibrils.
Its most distinctive characteristic is the faint, brownish image of a front and back view of a naked man with his hands folded across his groin.