"ETERNAL SIGNS: MUMMIES OF THE WORLD"
A special and unique photographic exhibition that will remain active for all the event duration.
The exhibition will get you in a articulated and valued journey based on the history of tattoo linked to fascinating phenomenon of mummification, all over the world and along the whole history of mankind.
The trip, richly described by explanatory captions, proceeds in a geographical sense with a large pool of tattooed mummies images belonging to distant lands such as Peru, with Princess Shaman Lady of Cao, with Siberian mummies belonging to the Shiite people of Pazyryk, New Zealand , the Philippines and Italy.
The expo purpose is to show the how much ancient this practice is and how much important has been in humanity history
People get tattooed since immemorial time, the right time to practice can be determined according with natural cycles, the reason could have been to belong a tribe, follow a thought or a cult, for protection from the evil spirits or mark an important moment in own human evolution.
Tattoo hand - Photograph © Joann Fletcher
Oetzi the Iceman, a unique archaeological find, now preserved in the South Tyrol Museum of Archaeology, www.iceman.it, that work in collaboration with EURAC Institute for Mummies and the Iceman, which promotes international research specializes exclusively in studies of mummies.
The mummy dates back to a period between 3300 and 3200 BC has been preserved because of the glacier special climatic conditions, with it are preserved its fascinating tattoos, some of which are visible only through infrared.
Ötzi's tattoos are not figurative, these lines and crosses are located in parts of the body where the man had problems with arthritis.
It can therefore safely say that this is the first tattoo medical history of man.
Tattoo Bone - Photograph © Eurac
The Florence Tattoo Convention invites you to enter this magical world populated by signs, beliefs, rituals, mantras, songs, dances and tattoo always linked to the spirit of man.
“Non è possibile trovare alcuna area del mondo, dalle regioni polari nel nord fino alla Nuova Zelanda nel sud, le cui popolazioni originarie non usassero marcare il loro corpo con tatuaggi”
Charles Darwin, da Il viaggio della nave Beagle
Ass. Firenze Indelebile