Oriental Institute mummy: unwrapped
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The Oriental Institute has dug especially deep to unravel the life of a mummy in its current exhibition, "The Life of Meresamun: A Temple Singer in Ancient Egypt." Pardon that double-entendre laden sentence, but curator Emily Teeter's research—which revealed how some ancient Egyptians ate, drank, copulated and died —is truly fascinating. And it just got better. Teeter (who ingeniously posted a Facebook page for the mummy) commissioned artists to sketch the mumified temple singer as she might've looked when alive. With not one, but two stylistically different portraits, you can see some interesting possibilities. What do you think? Was she more Joan Jett or old-school Cher?