How to be Faithful to a Face – Reconstructing an Egyptian Mummy | Jennifer Mann

Jennifer Mann

TEDxSydneySalon November 2016 · 24 November 2016

Jennifer Mann’s love of portrait sculpting led her down an intriguing path, to study forensic facial reconstruction. In this talk she explains how she brought back to life the face of Meritamun, a young Egyptian woman, whose 2000 year old mummified head was lying dormant in the University of Melbourne’s anatomy museum.

Jennifer Mann is a sculptor based in the Macedon Ranges near Melbourne with an intense interest in figurative sculpture and love of portraiture. She works primarily in bronze, terracotta and marble and has commissioned works on permanent public display in Melbourne and Sydney, and privately commissioned portraits in Australia and Italy.

Since 2014 Jennifer’s passion for portrait sculpting has led her twice to the U.S. to study forensic facial reconstruction sculpting at the Forensic Anthropology Centre at Texas State University with leading expert in this field, Karen T.Taylor.

Drawing on these highly specialized skills, she recently created a forensic facial reconstruction sculpture of an ancient Egyptian mummy for the University of Melbourne which is permanently on display at the University’s Anatomy Museum.

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