Princess of Xiaohe

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Princess of Xiaohe

The Princess of Xiaohe (Chinese: 小河公主), also known as the Beauty of Xiaohe (小河美女), is a female mummy discovered in 1934 by Swedish archaeologist Folke Bergman, at Xiaohe Tomb (小河墓地; literally "Little River Tomb"), Luobu Po (罗布泊), Ruoqiang County (若羌县), Xinjiang. Because of its beauty, this mummy was also nicknamed Marlene Dietrich of the Desert[1] and Sophia Loren of Xiaohe.

The mummy was discovered in the Tarim Basin,[2] 60 km south of the river Konqi He (孔雀河) at the coordinates 40°20′10.74″N 88°40′20.24″E / 40.3363167°N 88.6722889°E / 40.3363167; 88.6722889.

Estimated to have lived between 1900 BC and 1613 BC, the mummy was between 20 and 40 years old at the time of death, and is noteworthy for its Indo-European features. The mummy's hair,[3] teeth and eyelashes are well preserved; its facial features are accentuated by a sharp nose and cavernous eyes.

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  1. Riggs, Ransom (13 April 2010). "Meet the World's Horniest Mummies". Mental Floss. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  2. PA (4 February 2011). "The Beauty of Xiaohe mummy". Times of Malta. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  3. "4,000-year-old mummy strikes US-China tension". The Korea Times. 7 February 2011. Retrieved 30 May 2020.

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