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Reviving a Child from Ancient Pompeii (Artistic Reconstruction)

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A forensic reconstruction of the plaster cast of a child killed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Pompeii, Italy, in 79AD.

ARTIST NOTES: It is somewhat indeterminate whether this child is male or female (looking at the cast alone), but the extreme youth of the child made the features pass easily for either gender. The hair was left loose and medium-length to either indicate a boy overdue for his hair to be cropped or for a girl waiting for her hair to grow out or to be braided.

The wrap-around bodysuit could, again, go either way. One could argue that the excess material in the crotch area could either be rumpled fabric or male genitalia. From this particular image it seems that the bodysuit only covers ONE shoulder, which is a style more typically seen in women's and girls' fashions.

I'll head off the inevitable discussion about skin color by saying that even if this child were of a denomination where its skin as an adult would be Mediterranean/Greek or olive-colored, children, especially this young and from this part of the world, would not yet have enough pigment developed in their skin to be quite as dark as their parents.

Music
"Sleeping Lotus"
written & performed
by
M.A. LUDWIG
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A forensic reconstruction of the plaster cast of a child killed by the eruption of Mt. Vesuvius in Pompeii, Italy, in 79AD.

ARTIST NOTES: It is somewhat indeterminate whether this child is male or female (looking at the cast alone), but the extreme youth of the child made the features pass easily for either gender. The hair was left loose and medium-length to either indicate a boy overdue for his hair to be cropped or for a girl waiting for her hair to grow out or to be braided.

The wrap-around bodysuit could, again, go either way. One could argue that the excess material in the crotch area could either be rumpled fabric or male genitalia. From this particular image it seems that the bodysuit only covers ONE shoulder, which is a style more typically seen in women's and girls' fashions.

I'll head off the inevitable discussion about skin color by saying that even if this child were of a denomination where its skin as an adult would be Mediterranean/Greek or olive-colored, children, especially this young and from this part of the world, would not yet have enough pigment developed in their skin to be quite as dark as their parents.

Music
"Sleeping Lotus"
written & performed
by
M.A. LUDWIG Show less
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