Venezuelan president Hugo Chavez has paid tribute to 19th Century freedom fighter Simon Bolivar with a 3D portrait made in his honour.
The South American leader unveiled the unique tribute to Bolivar, nicknamed The Liberator, on Tuesday to mark the 229th anniversary since his birth.
Chavez originally ordered the portrait of Bolivar, who played a key role in the region's struggle for independence from the Spanish Empire in the early 1800s, two years ago.
Artists used Bolivar's remains to create the computer generated image, based on scans of the former president's skull while also using the latest forensic facial reconstruction methods.
Unveiling the portrait, Chavez announced: 'He was a true giant of the human cause, the human battle.
'Now we know with precision and receive with infinite intensity the luminous presence of this gaze, this living face.'
He added: 'I believe Bolivar is born again every day in every one of us, in these people, in these children ... in the fight for the fatherland which never ends.'
Chavez himself claims to be the political successor to Bolivar and in 1999 renamed the country the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela.
However critics argue his tributes to the revered former leader are a cynical ploy to boost his popularity.
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