No wonder tattooing is considered an ancient art. The mummified body of a Siberian princess was found 19 years ago and was under study and reconstitution. So far so good. But what caught scientists' attention was that the mummy revealed intact tattoos from 2,500 years ago. According to the Daily Mail website, these are mythological creatures.
She belonged to the people Pazyryk, formed by 5th century BC nomads, and was buried next to two warriors, who also had tattoos scattered throughout their bodies.
You can see that in two millennia little has changed, right? This is exactly the point of view of scientist Natalia Polosmak, who discovered the remains of Princess Ukok. According to her, this reveals that the patterns used to make the tattoo are still used, such as the size and region of the tattooed body.
She stated that the first tattoo was done only on the right shoulder, since all mummies found with only one tattoo had the images made on that part of the body. And that we can repair today: the large amount of tattoos always done on the same body site. Perhaps because it is a visible place or one that balances body composition, this region is a pretty constant choice of tattooed ones.
As the Siberian Times website specifies, the princess's left shoulder tattoos show a fantastic mythological animal: a deer with a griffon's beak and capricorn antlers. The antlers are decorated with the heads of griffins. And the griffin's head is shown on the back of the animal. The mouth of a spotted panther with a long tail is seen on the legs of a sheep. She also has the head of a deer with large antlers on her wrist. There is a drawing on the animal's body on a thumb of the left hand.
For those who like history, the people Pazyryk He used tattoos as a kind of personal identification and believed that the designs would be useful in the afterlife. In addition, tattoos could be a way of expressing thoughts and social positions and were related to the age and status to which one belonged.
The mummy remains in a permanent glass sarcophagus at the Gorno-Altaisk National Museum in the Altai Republic and will eventually be displayed to visitors.
So, did you think the tattoos are similar to the ones we see today?