Mummy Pictures: Secrets of Stunning 19th-Century Heads Revealed
Photograph courtesy Dario Piombino-Mascali, EURAC, and Clinical Anatomy/Wiley
The witchlike appearance of a 19th-century woman’s disembodied head (pictured in a CT scanner) is heightened by fake eye caps and hair long ago added for realism.
Scans revealed that the mummies’ original eyes, though shrunken, had survived behind the prosthetic versions.
Giovan Battista Rini, who made the mummies, “wanted to make them as realistic as possible, and perhaps he used the real eye to support the fake eye that was put on it,” Piombino-Mascali said.