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Tattooed Body of a Tribal Chief

Altai, Pazyryk Burial Mound 2

5th century BC

Human skin

The body of a chief, found in Pazyryk Burial Mound No. 2, was tattooed almost all over, but unfortunately it is only poorly preserved. The tattoo can be easily examined on the right side of the body. The right arm from the wrist to the shoulder bears representations of six fabulous animals, their hindquarters twisted around, and with branchy horns. The right leg from the kneecap to the ankle is covered with the representation of a fish. On the chest is a tiger with a spiralling tail. On the left arm are two stags and a leaping moufflon with its hind legs bent under.


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