Xin Zhui

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Artistic model of Xin Zhui

Xin Zhui (213 BC-163 BC) also known as Lady Dai or the Diva Mummy is a 2,100-year-old mummy from the Western Han Dynasty.[1] To date she is the best preserved ancient human ever found.[1] She was the wife of Li Cang, the marquis of Dai.[2] She had gained fame more than 2,000 years after her death. This was when when her tomb was discovered inside a hill in Hunan, China.[3] She and her jewels are located at the Hunan Provincial Museum.

Mummy[change | change source]

In 1971, her mummified body was found. All her organs and blood vessels were still seen. They found out that she had Type A blood. Her skin was still elastic.[1] Her joints could still be moved.[1] She still had her eyelashes and hair in her nostrils.[1] Lady Dai was overweight.[3] She suffered from diabetes.[3] She also had high blood pressure, clogged arteries and her heart was badly damaged.[3]

Death[change | change source]

Xin died from a heart attack because of poor health conditions at the time. She also suffered internal parasites and had gallstones logged in her gall bladder. She had also suffered immense pain from a fused spinal disc.

References[change | change source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 April Holloway (February 19, 2014). "The enduring mystery of The Lady of Dai mummy". Ancient Origins. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  2. Eti Bonn-Muller (April 10, 2009). "China's Sleeping Beauty". Archaeology Magazine. Retrieved January 24, 2017.
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 3.3 Jennifer Newton (December 1, 2016). "The best mummy ever: The 2,000-year-old preserved body of the Lady of Dai still has her own hair and soft skin". Daily Mail. Retrieved January 24, 2017.

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