Anathema Case #2
Status: Sold (Private Collection)
1893: Ernesto Sabatella – biologist and Vatican priest had struggled with his thirst for knowledge and its effect on his personal faith. His own secular research had yielded many answers that challenged the very foundation of his belief, and drove a wedge into relationships with his peers. His work was seen as heretical and he was eventually shunned.
In a last bid attempt to quell the war in his mind, he began a quest to seek an equilibrium between science and religion. Years passed and with no hope of solace – he turned to the fringe field of genetics. The human genome had been mapped by 1852 and heralded a myriad of possibilities. He took from this what he could – and applied various mathematical hypothesis to
his research; to break the symmetry of life and find the face of god.
He created a serum that he called the Esheridadae Compound – its effect was quite clear – the ability to mould genes like clay. He split the very essence of life and peered inside; forming various abominable life forms in his quest for that elusive goal.
This box is the second stage of his research, building on his work in 1892, Sabatella took the Esheridadae compounds and applied them to his new field of research, hybrid species. He wished to take various genetic attributes and combine them within a human host.
This particular stage involved swine and cephalopod DNA – resulting in the forms displayed in the various display boxes and cabinets within the case.
He found the common pig to be an intellectually superior mammal trapped in a cumbersome body, and wished to witness these attributes when applied to the human form – he also saw this same cognitive prowess in cephalopods, and by identifying the genes responsible for this, he went about creating hybrid cells, and eventually living organisms.
The final stage of this particular line of research is unknown, whether he managed to successfully engineer an organism that could display the results he so wished for is unknown, and lost to time. There were three more stages in his research, and I will reveal these in the coming months.
Contained within this case are two forearms of his final abomination, the Homo Artiodactyla Cephalopoda. He found no clear way to control mutations and the rather irregular growths are the result.
The malformed stillborn is also a more complete specimen, although the tentacular growths in its mouth appear to be a further aberration of this research.
Within the three display domes are the three stages of the Esheridadae Compound on hybrid cells.
There are also examples of the foetal form of Homo Artiodactyla Cephalopoda within preserved womb sacks.
There are detailed pencil drawings, and notes on his research - contained within a leatherbound book - four stage slides of cell growths, drawing utensils, a unique syringe case, an syringe, various tins containing unknown substances, a magnifying device, a thermometer, a small tin containing many viles, pipettes, a case containing the Esheridadae in liquid form, and many more bizarre paraphernalia useful to his abominable work.
N.B.: Original size of box: 31 cm long and 12 cm high