Siberian Princess reveals her 2500 year old tattoos
Siberian Princess reveals her 2500 year old tattoos. Our Siberian Princess, the ancient mysterious young woman, known as the Ukok Princess was discovered 19 years ago in the Altai region. She was kept at a scientific institute in Novosibirsk, treated by the same scientists who preserve the body of Vladimir Lenin in Mausoleum. The princess died in her 25 to 28, and that this was 2,500 or more years ago. In August 2012 she is finally returning home to the Altai Republic. She is to be kept in a special mausoleum at the Republican National Museum in the capital Gorno-Altaisk, where she will be displayed in a glass sarcophagus. It’s incredible the princess had similar to modern-day tattoos, which are the best preserved and most elaborate ancient tattoos anywhere in the world. It is a phenomenal level of tattoo art. Tattoos were used as a mean of personal identification – like a passport now. The tattoos were believed to be helpful in another life, making it easy for the people of the same family and culture to find each other after death.
Around her were buried six horses, saddled and bridled, her spiritual escorts to the next world, and a symbol of her evident status, perhaps more likely a revered folk tale narrator, a healer or a holy woman than an ice princess.
There, too, was a meal of sheep and horse meat and ornaments made from felt, wood, bronze and gold. And a small container of cannabis, say some accounts, along with a stone plate on which were the burned seeds of coriander.
‘Pazyryks repeated the same images of animals in other types of art, which is considered to be like a language of animal images, which represented their thoughts.
The tattoos on the left shoulder of the ‘princess’ show a fantastical mythological animal: a dear with a griffon’s beak and a Capricorn’s antlers. The antlers are decorated with the heads of griffons. And the same griffon’s head is shown on the back of the animal.
The mouth of a spotted panther with a long tail is seen at the legs of a sheep.
She also has a dear’s head on her wrist, with big antlers. There is a drawing on the animal’s body on a thumb on her left hand.
On the man found close to the ‘princess’, the tattoos include the same fantastical creature, this time covering the right side of his body, across his right shoulder and stretching from his chest to his back.
The patterns mirror the tattoos on a much more elaborately covered male body, dug from the ice in 1929, whose highly decorated torso is also reconstructed in our drawing here.
His chest, arms, part of the back and the lower leg are covered with tattoos. There is an argali – a mountain sheep – along with the same dear with griffon’s vulture-like beak, with horns and the back of its head which has a griffon’s heads and an onager drawn on it.
All animals are shown with the lower parts of their bodies turned inside out. There is also a winged snow leopard, a fish and fast-running argali.