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  • Secrets of the Silk Road Exhibit

    This female mummy, the Beauty of Xiaohe, dates from 1800 B.C. It is part of the exhibit, "Secrets of the Silk Road," that opened Saturday, March 27, 2010, at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif., and runs through July 25, 2010.
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  • Secrets of the Silk Road Exhibit

    This mummy was found in China's Tarim Basin and is approximately 3,800 years old. "It's not the skin that draws you to them; it's the eyelashes, the hair. It's the clothing," says Richard Hodge, the director of the Penn Museum at the University of Pennsylvania. It is part of the exhibit, "Secrets of the Silk Road," that opened Saturday, March 27, 2010, at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif., and runs through July 25, 2010.
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  • Secrets of the Silk Road Exhibit

    The mummies in the exhibit were found in a remote area of Asia and are significant because of their high degree of preservation and their European features.
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  • Secrets of the Silk Road Exhibit

    This infant mummy, Baby Bluebonnet, was 9 months old and found next to the tomb in the South Tarim Basin. It is believed that the baby died after the tomb was closed and the body froze and was mummified.
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  • Secrets of the Silk Road Exhibit

    The clothing and mask belonging to Yingpan Man, who was 6'4" and died when he was 55 years old. The body was taken out and the clothing was sent out for study. "He's wearing the most splendid, spectacular garments. He must have been extremely wealthy," said Victor Mair, professor of Chinese language and literature at the University of Pennsylvania.
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  • Secrets of the Silk Road Exhibit

    This boat-shaped wooden coffin was found in the western Xinjiang Uyghur autonomous region of China, in the area now known as the "Silk Road," once the main trade route between Europe and eastern Asia.
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  • Secrets of the Silk Road Exhibit

    This 2,500 year-old kneeling bronze warrior, roughly 12" tall, is one of the historic artifacts on dispaly as part of the Silk Road exhibit.
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  • Secrets of the Silk Road Exhibit

    This gold mask, circa A.D. 400-600, is part of the exhibit that runs at the Bowers Museum in Santa Ana, Calif., through July 25, 2010. The exhibit then goes to the Houston Museum of Natural Science from Aug. 28 to Jan. 22, 2011, then to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archeology and Anthropology from Feb. 2, 2011 to June 5, 2011.
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