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Bust of Vitus Bering

Forensic reconstruction of explorer Vitus Bering. Reconstruction by V. N. Zvyagin, Institute of Forensic Medicine, Moscow. 1992-1995? Photographer: Jan Oelker, Dresden. Anchorage Museum of History and Art - Library and Archives.

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