Lady Xinzhui
Human Mummy
Biographical Information
Name(s) Lady Xinzhui; Mawangdui tomb corpse
Age About 50
Sex Female
Status wife of Prime Minister Cang Li
Height 154 cm
Culture Han Culture
Date(s) 236 BC- 186 BC
Site Mawangdui tomb
Current Location
Location Hunan Province Museum
Catalog # none


Lady Xinzhui (236 BC - 186 BC), was born in 236 BC, is the wife of Prime Minister of Changsha, Cang Li. She had one child called Xi Li. Lady Xinzhui died in 186 BC at the age of 50 years old.


Lady Xinzhui's body was unearthed in the tomb of the Mawangdui, unearthed with the height of 154 cm, weight 34 kg. Although she has buried in the ground for more than 2100 years, the appearance of preservation intact, body moist, subcutaneous soft tissue are soft and flexible, joints can still activate, eyelashes and nasal hair survived, left ear tympanic membrane intact, fingers and toes lines stay clear.


The anatomy found that her visceral preservation intact, collagen fibers stayed similar as she died, as the hair of the vagus nerve can still be counted. Her blood vessels were wrapped in coagulation of blood clots with blood A type.


According to the pathological examination, Lady Xinzhui suffered from a variety of diseases before she died, such as coronary heart disease, atherosclerosis, multiple cholelithiasis; she has rectum and liver found in whip eggs, pinworm eggs, schistosomiasis eggs; There are 138 semi-melon seeds in her stomach, so she died in melon season. According to pathological infertility, the death may be caused by biliary colic coronary heart disease death when she was at the age of 50 years.Lady Xinzhui's body remains the body situation as complete as a miracle in the history of the world's anti-corrosion. Over the past 2,000 years without being found, the main corpse is not rotten not only contributed from burying deep under earth with low temperature, other factors like multi-liter formed for hypoxia and sterile environment also has a inhibitory effect.

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