2500-year-old Siberian 'princess' beauty secrets revealed
Last month, remarkable modern-looking tattoos on the mummy of a 25-year-old woman were revealed, which were preserved in the permafrost on the Ukok Plateau, some 2,300 metres above sea level.
Now details have been disclosed on the findings of Russian scientists, which show the ancient tattooed princess's fashion sense, love of make-up and exotic headwear, the Daily Mail reported.
According to the Siberian Times, the ice - a natural time capsule - also preserved her elegant clothing, enabling a reconstruction to show exactly how she looked "some 500 years before the birth of Jesus Christ."
"Archeologists even found items from her 'cosmetics bag', which lay inside her coffin next to her left hip, notably a face brush made from horse hair, and a fragment of an 'eyeliner pencil.' This was made from iron rings, inside which was vivianite, giving a deep blue-green colour on the skin. There was also vivianite powder, derived from an iron phosphate mineral, to be applied to the face," the paper reported.
The analysis of her clothing has led to the conclusion that the Pazyryk people - though living in remote southern Siberian - had extraordinarily wide connections as far afield as China, India, Iran and the Mediterranean, picking designs or materials or dyes from different cultures' while also establishing their own unique look.