A Swiss, expert, Marcel Nyffenegger, has used several technologic techniques to recreate the official reproduction of the face of the princess, who’s mummy has been discovered by an archaeologist in 1993.
The body of the princess, who has been named Ukok, after the place where it was found, has been very well preserved and decorated with prehistoric motifs. Her body has been found in perfect condition, but her face and neck had suffered extreme deterioration, and no one knew how she looked like.
The Swiss researcher, has been requested to recreate the face of Ukok by the officials of the Historische Museum of Pfalz, from the German city, Speyer.
In order for the 3D model to come to life, he needed to conduct serious studies for a month, for him to manage to precisely recreate her facial muscles, the tissue layers, the structure of the skin, eyes and the facial expression of princess Ukok. The model made out of modelling clay, has been covered with silicone and a mixture of rubber and resin, before adding the final touches, like lashes and eyebrows. The implementation of the 100.000 hair strands has taken another two weeks of demanding work.
The princess appeared to have died around 25 years old, and her mummy had been discovered at an altitude of 2.500 metres, along with the skeletons of other two men. She had been buried with pieces of sheep and horse meat and along with six horses which were meant to serve as her spiritual chaperons in the land of the dead. The Russian archeologists have found ornaments made out of wood, bronze and gold, a small pot which contained cannabis but also a wooden plater on which have been found burnt coriander seeds. According to the things she had been buried with, including a make up case, experts have managed to reproduce her clothing style and to understand some of her beauty rituals.
Ukok was wearing a long black dress made out of Chinese silk, and on her feet she had a pair of boots decorated with complex motifs. At that time, Chinese silk used for funeral rituals only by royal families of the Pazyryk population. Chinese silk, was more expensive than gold and hints about the social status of the persons buried in that region.
Princess Ukok’s hair was completely shaved and she was wearing a wig made out of horse hair. On her left shoulder, she had a tattooed a mythologic creature, resembling a deer with a gryphon peak and stag horns. The stags were decorated with gryphon heads. Another tattoo of the princess was a leopard with a very long tale, and on her wrist she had tattooed the head of a stag.
Local people still believe in ancient myths, which state that the body of the princess in the funeral chamber was guarding the entrance of the kingdom of the dead. Old people are saying that her removal has opened the gates of the under world and the furry of Ukok has already caused floods and earthquakes in the region.
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