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.
The two views are aligned along the midplane of the body and point in opposite directions.
The front and back views of the head nearly meet at the middle of the cloth.
), a length of linen cloth bearing the image of a man, is believed by some Christians to be the burial shroud of Jesus of Nazareth, although three radiocarbon dating tests in 1988 dated a sample of the cloth to the Middle Ages.
The shroud is kept in the royal chapel of the Cathedral of Saint John the Baptist in Turin, northern Italy.