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.
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).
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
Faces. He does this for a living and his book makes
fascinating reading (and viewing, since it includes many