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altar piece

An altar piece is a hardened chunk of altar (a revolutionary type of tar; see altar) that has broken off from the roadway, baked goods or whatever it was a part of. 

However, an altar piece is not just any old chunk of altar. It is a chunk that was saved and put on public display for veneration because it naturally (i.e., without any shaping or other alteration by any human, but allegedly shaped by a deity) resembles a religious icon, such as Jesus, the Virgin Mary, the Promiscuous Mary, the Did It Once In A Moment of Weakness Mary, Moses, Muhammad, Elvis, a cross, a Star of David, a crescent or a Twinkie.

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