Some contend that the Lirey shroud was the work of a confessed forger and murderer.
The front and back views of the head nearly meet at the middle of the cloth.
The origins of the shroud and its images are the subject of intense debate among theologians, historians and other researchers.
Diverse arguments have been made in scientific and popular publications claiming to prove that the cloth is the authentic burial shroud of Jesus, based on disciplines ranging from chemistry to biology and medical forensics to optical image analysis.
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.