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ILLUSTRATION OF THE IDENTITY OF THE RESURRECTION
A VERY beautiful illustration of the identity of the resurrection body is to be found in the sculptor's studio. The soft clay model, after it has received the last touch from the sculptor's hand, is ready to be cast; it cannot continue in its present state, for if the clay be allowed to dry, it will shrink, and crack, and fall to pieces, and, therefore, a more enduring material is required. To obtain this, it is covered with an envelope of plaster, which receives an exact impression of its form, and, when that has been obtained, the clay is of no further use; it is, therefore, carefully picked out from the mould in which it is enveloped, until not a particle of it remains, and now the clay lies on the floor in fragments, ready to be modelled into some other form. The mould which has been thus obtained by the destruction of the original, may be kept for years without being used, but it is capable of reproducing the original as soon as plaster is poured into it. When that has been done, and the mould has been broken off from around it, the figure is restored, and every touch which had been applied in modelling the clay is now reproduced in a more enduring material. No one ever thinks of questioning the identity of the figure in such circumstances; why then should we question the identity of the resurrection body?
BALLANTYNE AND COMPANY, PRINTERS, PAUL'S WORK.