Bocca della Verita (Mouth of Truth), porch of the Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin or de Schola Graeca (Basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin), 8th century with later additions, Rome, Italy. The marble mask is an ancient Roman artifact that was either a drain cover or part of a fountain. It was placed in the porch in 1632. Today visitors line up in the porch for their turn to be photographed with their hand inside. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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Bocca della Verita (Mouth of Truth), porch of the Basilica di Santa Maria in Cosmedin or de Schola Graeca (Basilica of Saint Mary in Cosmedin), 8th century with later additions, Rome, Italy. The marble mask is an ancient Roman artifact that was either a drain cover or part of a fountain. It was placed in the porch in 1632. Today visitors line up in the porch for their turn to be photographed with their hand inside. Picture by Manuel Cohen

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