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Mummy brown paint

Mummy Brown: Painting with the Dead

Human remains were once the primary ingredient of a popular pigment used by Pre-Raphaelite artists.

Russian Man Dug Up, Mummified Remains of 150 Girls

Russian man robbed graves of 150 young girls to make grisly collection of mummified dolls with the remains and have birthday parties.
A mummified doll made from human remains by Russian man Anatoly Miskvin

46-year-old Russian historian Anatoly Moskvin, who was found with mummified human remains in his Nizhni Novgorod home at the time of his 2011 arrest, has spent the last three years being monitored at a psychiatric clinic. Despite being described as a genius, he has been found not mentally fit to stand trial.

Russian man Anatoly Moskvin created dolls with the mummified remains of girls whose graves he dug up.

Moskvin had dug up the remains of as many as 150 girls between the ages of three and twelve. He brought them back to his home where he dressed them up in dresses and stockings, named them and gave them birthday parties. He had compiled information about the lives of each girl and used information printed from a computer to mummify the remains and create dolls.

One girl was even made into a teddy bear.

via Daily Mail

Mummified Fetus Discovered in Italy

Mummified remains of a fetus discovered beneath the St. John the Evangelist church in Casentino, Italy

An article recently published in the Journal of Osteoarcheology details the discovery and examination of a mummified 29-week-old fetus dating to 1840 and other 19th-century remains in Central Italy. The remains were found after a 6.3-magnitude earthquake in 2009 damaged the St. John the Evangelist church in Casentino.

The floor of the church partially collapsed, revealing rooms beneath filled with the remains.

Radiography of the fetus reveal that it was not fully connected, suggesting an ancient procedure called embryotomy. It was a surgical procedure for removing a fetus from the womb when the mother’s life was in danger or the fetus had already died. Embryotomy was also an extreme form of abortion during the medieval period.

Though the arms, head and skull bones had been disarticulated, they had been carefully reassembled and dressed.

Other remains found beneath the church showed signs of autopsy procedures such as craniotomy, where bone is removed from the skull to access the brain.

19th century human remains found beneath a church in Italy

via Live Science

Rosalia Lombardo, the blinking mummy of the Capuchin catacombs

Rosalia Lombardo, the Blinking Mummy

The well-preserved body of Rosalia Lombardo in Palermo, Italy’s Capuchin Catacombs is observed opening her eyes in this bizarre time lapse video.

Mummified ancestors of Papua New Guinea

The Roasted Mummies of Papua New Guinea’s Anga Tribe

For centuries Papua New Guinea’s remote Anga tribe has been practicing intricate mummification rituals to preserve their ancestors.