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25/05/2014 06:10 BST | Updated 25/05/2014 06:59 BST

Norwegian Artist Alexander Wengshoel Boils And Eats His Own Hip

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A Norwegian artist has admitted boiling and eating his own hip with potato gratin and a glass of wine.

Alexander Wengshoel, 25, took the body part home after undergoing a hip replacement operation at the age of 21 and boiled it to loosen off the meat.

He told Norway's Nordlys newspaper: "When I got home I sat in my living room and suddenly I had a whim that I should cook the meat.

"First I just had a little taster, but since it tasted good, I made it a full dinner of it.

"It was a very exciting and stimulating. It was so personal."

Wengshoel says the meat tasted like "wild sheep".

The artist was born without a functioning hip and underwent numerous failed operations as a child.

He said: "When, from the age of three months, you experience them cutting into you, stretching your foot, and end up stuck in a hospital bed where you are forced to endure pain and medication, then it does something to you in the long term."

The now-meatless hip bone is being displayed as part of an exhibition at Tromsø Academy of Contemporary Art where he made the confession.