As I was about to take the stairs up to the mezzanine, I nearly passed by this little table, positioned without importance in the corner, by the fire extinguisher. What is that? Is that a...a foot?
Made by Efisio Marini, Italian naturalist doctor, and offered to Napoléon III. This table is formed of petrified brains, blood, bile, liver, lungs and glands upon which rests a foot, four ears and sections of vertebrae, which are also petrified.The top of the foot is capped in engraved silver bearing the date 1866. I have been unable to find any other information or images online of this table, and simply had to go back and photograph it for D+R readers.
Link to a translated entry in Italian on Efisio Marini
ETA: I found this blog entry with more photos!