I came across this 2,500 year old Siberian mummy through tumblr. A mummy of a 25 year old female was excavated in 1993 and has been kept frozen in scientific institute. She has been given the name of ‘Princess’ as she was found wearing expensive clothing and a horse hair wig. In addition to the high quality clothing both her arms and fingers have tattoos which indicate a high status.
It is believed that she was a member of the Pazyryk people, an iron age culture, and other individuals have been found with similar tattoos, although the researchers say that the females tattoos are very special due to their complex nature. One of the images that she has is of a deer with a griffon’s beak and a Capricorn’s antlers. A more detailed description of the tattoos and their meaning can be found in this article. She will go on display later this monthat the Republican National Museum in a glass case so visitors can see her tattoos.
An additional article from the Daily News also reports this finding.