Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Meet Lady Dai

Special online feature from Archaeology Magazine: China's Sleeping Beauty April 10, 2009 by Eti Bonn-Muller A landmark exhibition awakens the legacy of a Western Han Dynasty noblewoman This wax model depicts how a Chinese noblewoman known as "Lady Dai," who lived some 2,200 years ago, looked at age 30. Zhao Chengwen, a professor at the China Criminal Police College, developed the technology—known as the "Jingxing CCK-3 Model Human Face Mirage System"—used to create the reconstruction. (Courtesy of Hunan Provincial Museum) [Well, I'm somewhat skeptical. Lady Dai did not die when she was 30 years old; she lived a good long time after that age. So other than basic bone structure and accounting for certain racial characteristics such as generic hair and skin color, how could anyone possibly recreate this face? One other thing - this Lady Dai looks rather a mixture of Occidental and Oriental. Why is that?] Lady Dai's body was in such a good state of preservation that an autopsy was able to be performed. Read the article. Hmmm, did they ever do a chemical analysis of what that mysterious clear fluid was that surrounded Lady Dai's body when the final coffin holding her body was opened?

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