Philly exhibit reopens with Chinese mummies

JOANN LOVIGLIO - Associated Press
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In a Feb. 18, 2011 photo, the Beauty of Xiaohe, a mummy discovered in the Tarim Basin in far western China, is shown at the "Secrets of the Silk Road" exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia. The exhibit is scheduled to run through until March 15. Philadelphia is the final stop before the artifacts return to China. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)
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In a Feb. 18, 2011 photo, the Beauty of Xiaohe, a mummy discovered in the Tarim Basin in far western China, is shown at the "Secrets of the Silk Road" exhibit at the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology in Philadelphia. The exhibit is scheduled to run through until March 15. Philadelphia is the final stop before the artifacts return to China.

The mummies have returned.

A museum exhibit on the Silk Road includes a pair of ancient mummies, now that a dispute with the Chinese government is settled.

"Secrets of the Silk Road" is opening in Philadelphia on Friday with the stars of the show returned to front and center: a 3,800-year-old female mummy whose flaxen hair and eyelashes are still intact and the mummy of a baby that's still dressed in a blue bonnet and burgundy blanket.

The University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology is the exhibit's final stop before returning to China.

The show had traveled to museums in California and Texas without issue but the Philadelphia museum was asked to gut its display. Officials have remained mum about the cause of the dispute.

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Online:

http://www.penn.museum/SilkRoad