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Drents Museum in Assen, the Netherlands: The Yde Girl, Reconstructed

 

The face of Yde Girl was reconstructed by medical artist Richard Neave in 1992. The task was daunting, because the mummy had been found 100 years earlier and had dried out so much that it was half its original size. The medical artist would have to rely on others to help him recreate the face.

 

First, the pathologist took another look at Yde Girl and discovered a small stab wound at the base of her throat. Apparently she had been stabbed at the time she was strangled. Because of the peaceful look her face and the lack of defensive wounds on her one hand (the other was not recovered), the pathologist speculated that she may have killed while she was unconscious (in other words, she may have been drugged).

 

Then, information from the CT scan was used to create an image of her skull--as it originally would have appeared. From this information, Richard Neave prepared a polystyrene skull. Muscle structures were added. Finally, a wax head was prepared. Yde Girl with her blue eyes and high forehead was reborn. Considering the indignity of her discovery in 1897, the reconstruction was the least that could have been done. It also makes her appear to be a real person, not like the monster that was discovered over 100 years ago.

You can read more about the making of Yde Girl's reconstruction in Richard Neave's book, Making Faces. He does this for a living and his book makes fascinating reading (and viewing, since it includes many photographs).

 

 

 

 

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