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Tattooed Mummies by Coconut-CocaCola

In 1768, captain Cook came back from Oceania with a crew covered in tattoos as souvenir from their expedition. Tattooing was then reintroduced in the occidental world after having been banished for many centuries by the Catholic Church. However, the history of tattooing doesn't stop there. The oldest mummy in the world is covered of such marks and it isn't the only one.


    A bronze age man died five thousand years ago and his corpse was imprisoned into the ice of the mountains separating Austria and Italy. We found more than 50 tattoos over his body which consisted mainly of lines and crosses. Those marks have been made by scrubbing charcoal into fine wounds. The reason behind those tattoos was probably therapeutic, since their locations correspond with parts of the body touched by arthritis.


    Amunet was an egyptian priestess of the goddess Hathor in Thebes and was probably a concubine of king Mentuhotep II. She lived during the ninth dynasty (around 2150-1990 BC) and her body was covered of tattoos resembling those on  brides of the dead (little figurines placed in tombs of male mummies). The most particular ones were located on the bottom of her belly and were accompanied by scarifications. Those marks were probably related to an idea of fertility and were found on many mummies of dancers. Also, here are some interesting facts:

  1. Of every egyptian mummy found to this day, only those of womens were tattooed.

  2. The first figurative tattoo that was made represented Bes, the god of revelry and master of ceremonies at orgies.

Pazyryk Chief

    In the Altai Mountains of Siberia, close to the borders of Mongolia and China, was found a tomb of a nomad chief of horsemen that lived around 500 BC. Rain flooded in the tomb shortly after the burial and by freezing, it preserved the chief's tattooed skin. Animals (mythical and real) were the main subjects of his tattoos. We think that those were made by the insertion of little needles also used for broidery. But the most surprising are the little circles on his back that coincide with the linear markings on Otzi's  back. The tattoos correspond to acupuncture marks, which was said to have originated in China two thousand years ago…

Other tattooed mummies have been found around the world such as in Libya and Peru proving that tattooing have a far more complex history than what we are usually led to believe.  


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Midnitez-REMIX Featured By Owner 11 hours ago  Student Digital Artist
Hi Chloe,

Just a reminder that tomorrow is our super special DeviantArt meet for ice skating and dinner! It's never too late to sign up and we'd love to have you there. Come alone or bring a friend; whatever works. For more info check here:…

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If you can't make it, then maybe next time. In which case, happy holidays and early happy new years! :D

TVD-Photography Featured By Owner Dec 6, 2014  Professional Photographer
Thank you for the faves :hug: ^-^
Midnitez-REMIX Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Hi Chloe,

Coming this 15th is :icontoronto:'s November DevMEET and we hope you can attend! We will be heading to the "Inspire! Toronto Book Fair" to see what it has to offer. As usual it's an all ages meet; come by yourself or with a friend if you like, everyone is welcome!

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If you can make it then please RSVP so we know you are coming. Even if you will be there a bit later than when it starts that's okay too but we still need you to RSVP. So again, hope to see you there! :D (Big Grin)

Luperkalia Featured By Owner Sep 15, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
´✫¸.•°*”˜˜” thanks so much for faving my artwork, it means a lot to me and I appreciate your support ´✫¸.•°*”˜˜”
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TheIronRing Featured By Owner Sep 7, 2014  Professional Artisan Crafter
Thanks :-*
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