Tattooed Mummies

In 1768, command Cook came back from Oceania with a crew covered in tattoos as a souvenir from their expedition. Tattooing was then reintroduced in the occidental life after having been dispelled for countless centuries by the Catholic Church. However, its own history of tattooing does not stop there. The oldest mummy in the world is covered of such stigmatizes and it isn’t the only one .


A bronze age man died five thousand years ago and his body was imprisoned in the sparkler of the mountains separating Austria and Italy. We felt more than 50 tattoos over his torso which consisted mainly of rows and crossings. Those commemorates have been made by scrubbing charcoal into punishment curves. The reason behind those tattoos was probably therapeutic, since their points 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 -1 990 BC) and her body was covered of tattoos resembling those on brides of the dead( little figurines placed in mausoleums of male mummies ). The most special ones were located on the bottom of her belly and were accompanied by scarifications. Those markings were probably related to an idea of fertility and were found on many mummies of dancers. Now are some interesting facts 😛 TAGEND

1. All of the egyptian mummies found to this day, only those of women were tattooed.

2. The first figurative tattoo that was saw represented Bes, the divinity of carouse and master of ceremonies at orgies.

Pazyryk Chief

In the Altai Mountains of Siberia, close to the borders of Mongolia and China, was witnessed a crypt of a nomad chief of horsemen that lived around 500 BC. Rain inundated in the crypt shortly after the burial and by freezing, it continued 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 curves on his back that coincide with the linear distinguishes on Otzi’s back. The tattoos correspond to acupuncture lines, which was said to have originated in China two thousand years ago…

Other tattooed mummies have been noted 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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