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  • Meresamun in profile, shown without hair to reveal the contour of her skull

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  • For months, she has since been the immensely popular subject of the Oriental Institute Museum's exhibition, The Life of Meresamun: A Temple Singer in Ancient Egypt.

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  • Upon her arrival from Egypt, Meresamun was displayed in Haskell Oriental Museum, the predecessor to today's Oriental Institute Museum, which opened at its current location in 1931.

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  • Mike Vannier, the radiologist who examined Meresamun, agrees.

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  • Meresamun was purchased in 1920 by University of Chicago archaeologist and historian James Henry Breasted (1865-1935), a seminal figure in Egyptology, Near Eastern studies, and museology.

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  • Meresamun has been on display at the University of Chicago ever since.

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  • Meresamun was presumably spared the same fate because of her exquisitely painted coffin, also made of linen and plaster.

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  • This 1922 photo shows Meresamun on display at left near the corner of the room, along with other important objects Breasted purchased during the same 1919-1920 trip.

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  • Breasted purchased Meresamun from a dealer in 1920 along with a second item for a total of 330 Egyptian pounds — about $1,650 at the time (almost $17,000 in today's dollars).

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  • "I was delighted to have two very different techniques," says Emily Teeter, an Egyptologist at the Oriental Institute Museum and curator of the Meresamun exhibition.

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